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Like father, like son?

By Rodney McKissic

When first-year UB coach Bobby Hurley is out recruiting he’s often asked if his coaching touch is similar to the relentless, no-nonsense approach of his father’s. The answer is no.

Some recruits have seen the 2010 documentary “The Street Stops Here” which features Bobby Hurley, Sr.’s 2007-08 St. Anthony’s High School championship team in which Hurley, Sr.’s in-your-face style with his players is on full display.

There’s yelling, lots of yelling, and players ran sprints while wiping the floor with towels. No one is bigger than the program as Mike Rosario learned when Hurley benched him on the day he learned he was named to the McDonald’s All-American team. Rosario’s offense was bad body language.

Hurley, who played for his father in the late 80s, remembers feeling his father’s wrath.

“I came in with the wrong body language that he didn’t like and I ran around the court for an entire practice,” Hurley said. “I think I ran a mini-marathon.”

But Hurley, Sr. is one of a handful of high school coaches enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame because he gets the most out of his players including Bobby, one of five St. Anthony’s players who were drafted in the first round of the NBA.

“It made you tougher,” Hurley said. “It made you stronger.”
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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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