MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Former Fresno State basketball coach Ray Lopes, who lost his job because of recruiting violations, has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at Idaho.

Lopes spent the past two years as associate head coach of the minor league Idaho Stampede in Boise. The team finished 36-14 last season on its way to the 2007-08 NBA D-League Championship.

"I can't express how excited I am for Ray Lopes to be joining our Vandal family," Idaho coach Don Verlin said.

Lopes led Fresno State to the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title in 2003.