Bryan Hodgson recruiting for Alabama while still listed on UB website

Assistant coach set to join Oats’ staff if not UB head coach

Current UB men’s basketball assistant coach Bryan Hodgson has been recruiting for Alabama while being listed as staff on UB’s basketball website.

A photo has been circulating on social media of Hodgson and former head coach Nate Oats decked out in full Alabama-labeled clothing with five-star recruit Trendon Watford in Florida.

UB has remained silent on the search for its new coach since he left last Wednesday. Oats has guaranteed a spot for Hodgson on his staff if he is not the next head coach at UB.

“Thanks to Nate and the team’s success, the Buffalo coaching position will be extremely attractive and a national search is already underway,” athletic director Mark Alnutt said in a UB Athletics statement. “It will be conducted as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.”

Alnutt has not made a public statement on the coaching search process.

Hodgson is still listed on as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team. His Twitter handle remains @UBCoachBryan and his bio reads “Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach @ The University At Buffalo.”

This has not deterred Hodgson from recently liking tweets pertaining to Alabama men’s basketball.

Hodgson has indicated his desire to become UB’s next head coach, but Buffalo has already hired a firm to begin a national search process for its next head coach, according to The Buffalo News.

“I want the job at Buffalo,” Hodgson said. “I can keep the continuity in recruiting.”

UB and Alabama have not made any announcements, but Hodgson is listed under the Alabama directory with an official email and no title.

Nathaniel Mendelson is the senior sports editor and can be reached at and on Twitter @NateMendelson