Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley still ruffling feathers years after Duke career

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Bobby Hurley argues a call with a referee as Utah and Arizona State men play in an NCAA basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — On the sidelines of the Huntsman Center, a 6-foot-2, 46-year-old was spotted jumping up and down in reaction to calls and specific plays like a maniac.

Loud boos blasted through the arena from fans every time that Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley’s face was plastered on the video board Sunday night.

To Hurley, it’s normal.

That reaction comes quite often.

“I kind of tune out the noise,” Hurley said. “I’ve got a lot of other things to worry about.”

As a two-time national champion, featured among the Mount Rushmore of hated Duke players, the former floor general used the hostile feedback as fuel to the fire.

He helped No. 4 ASU grind out a tough 80-77 road win against Utah to snap a two-game losing streak. And he did it while wearing his golden 1992 national championship ring.

The victory marked the Sun Devils’ first win against a Pac-12 opponent this season.

“You see him, though? He was over there jumping around,” said Arizona State guard Shannon Evans II, who posted 22 points and six rebounds. “I’ll be like ‘he’s got to chill out sometimes,’ but we all feed off that, though, and he knows that.

“He knows what he’s doing, so I just let him do what he do.”

Hurley’s fire and passion in his third season as ASU’s head coach has created an us-against-the-world mentality in the locker room. His four seasons at Duke from 1989-93 under legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski is where he first began ruffling feathers as a ferocious and borderline cocky point guard who got the job done.

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