LEWISTON, N.Y. — A person with direct knowledge of the decision confirmed to The Associated Press that Niagara University has reached a multiyear agreement promoting Greg Paulus as basketball program on a permanent basis.

The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the school has not announced the news. CBS Sports first reported the agreement.

Paulus was named the Purple Eagles' interim coach Oct. 20 after Patrick Beilein abruptly resigned because of personal reasons.

Beilein was hired in March, and added Paulus to his staff as his top assistant and recruiting coordinator.

Paulus' promotion comes two days before the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference program opens its season at Drexel. He takes over a Purple Eagles team that went 64-129 and failed to advance past the MAAC Tournament quarterfinals in six seasons under Chris Casey.

Paulus was a three-year starter and two-time captain at Duke from 2005-09, and was a member of three ACC championship teams. He completed his college career by switching to play quarterback at Syracuse before returning to basketball as an assistant coach.

He spent last season as an assistant at George Washington and also has been an assistant at Louisville, Ohio State and Navy.

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