University at Buffalo athletic director Mark Alnutt has announced the resignation of head men’s basketball coach Nate Oats, who has accepted the head men’s basketball coaching position at Alabama.

“I wish Nate the very best and we’re thankful for everything he has done to elevate our men’s basketball program,” said Alnutt. “An opportunity like this is life changing for Nate and his family. Thanks to Nate and the team’s success, the Buffalo coaching position will be extremely attractive and a national search is already underway. It will be conducted as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. We wish Nate and his family all the best.”

“I want to thank the UB administration for helping us elevate Buffalo into one of the premier mid-major programs in the country,” said Oats. “The support we have received from the Western New York community during the good times and the bad times has been nothing short of amazing. This community has made Buffalo feel like home for Crystal and my family over the last six years.”

Alnutt has announced that associate head coach Jim Whitesell will serve as interim head coach during the search.