Hodgson joins Oats’ staff in Alabama
Assistant coach leaves UB after already recruiting for Alabama
Men’s assistant basketball coach Bryan Hodgson was recruiting for Alabama Sunday while listed on UB’s basketball website.
And, as of Wednesday, he announced he’ll be joining Oats in Tuscaloosa.
Hodgson was still listed on UBBulls.com as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team, as of Monday. His Twitter handle remained @UBCoachBryan and his bio read “Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach @ The University At Buffalo.” Hodgson has since updated both to reflect his new position with the Crimson Tide and is no longer listed on UB’s website.
A photo circulated on social media this week featuring Hodgson and former head coach Nate Oats decked out in full Alabama-labeled clothing while with five-star recruit Trendon Watford in Florida. UB has remained silent on the search for its new coach since Oats left last Wednesday. Oats guaranteed a spot for Hodgson on his staff if he was 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 indicated his desire to become UB’s next head coach, but Buffalo 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 last week. “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.
Buffalo Director of Basketball Operations Adam Bauman has also decided to join Oats and Hodgson at Alabama.
Nathaniel Mendelson is the senior sports editor and can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @NateMendelson