The Buffalo Bulls came into the 2015-2016 season with a lot of questions that needed to be answered and the biggest question mark was about the team's head coach. Bobby Hurley left the Bulls to take over as head coach for Arizona State in the offseason and as such, many were wondering whether Buffalo could find a good enough replacement.
The Buffalo Bulls' administration decided to stay in house and hired assistant Nate Oats. He was an assistant with the program with two years under Hurley, but the biggest question was could whether Oats would be able to keep up with the expectations that Hurley left with the Bulls making the NCAA tournament in his last season at Buffalo.
Oat's Squad finished the 2015-2016 regular season tied for third in the MAC which was impressive in its own right with a coaching change, but the success did not stop there. The Buffalo Bulls had a magical run in the MAC tournament grabbing their second consecutive tournament championship,
After winning the MAC championship and making the NCAA tournament the Buffalo athletic administration decided to to show Nate Oats appreciation for him awarding him a 5 year contract extension that will keep Oats with Buffalo through the 2020-2021 season.
It's hard to argue with this move considering what Oats accomplished this season. After all, if he can keep Buffalo near the top of the MAC heading forward, this would be a major signing for the program.
The MAC can be a stepping stone to land bigger jobs, but this extension may help the Bulls keep their coach for the future. Look for the Bulls to be very competitive for years to come with Oats at the helm. The bar has been set with the Bulls making the NCAA tournament two straight years,