Is Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley headed to DePaul? Conflicting reports emerge

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Buffalo head coach Bobby Hurley reacts to a call in the second half of an NCAA tournament college basketball game against West Virginia in the Round of 64 in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley is the new frontrunner to become the next head basketball coach at DePaul, ESPN reports.

The story contradicts earlier reports from The Associated Press and Buffalo News that Hurley reached a new contract with Buffalo that would make him the highest paid coach in the Mid-American Conference.

Hurley, 43, took Buffalo to the NCAA tournament this year in his second season in charge of the program.

Here’s more from ESPN:

One source told ESPN that Hurley, whose team lost to West Virginia in the round of 64, is expected to interview this weekend at DePaul. He would replace Oliver Purnell, who was 54-105 in five seasons. Parker Executive Search is helping DePaul with the process. It’s the same company that was hired for the Buffalo men’s basketball opening a couple of years ago. Sources told ESPN that Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew and former DePaul star and NBA coach Tyrone Corbin also are in the mix.

The Buffalo News is reporting that Hurley’s new deal with Buffalo would put Hurley above the $550,000-a-year base-salary contract that Saul Phillips receives from Ohio University.

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