The DePaul Blue Demons basketball program is often referred to as a “sleeping” giant in the landscape of college hoops, but if they are to awaken next season, it will be under the direction of the same voice.
Oliver Purnell not getting fired: http://t.co/F2AiykJ4fv Not enough Big East talent, 41-84 in four years, no optimism. Yet he’s staying.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 7, 2014
Former Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell has spent the last four seasons at DePaul, and if anything, the program has taken a further downturn. This season spiraled out of control early in route to a 20-loss season (yikes) and a dismal 3-15 mark in the new Big East.
To be frank, that type of production is wholly unacceptable for the biggest basketball program in the city of Chicago, and it is a long running joke among basketball bloggers as to why Purnell continues to be employed in multiple spots. There is little doubt that Purnell is a competent tactician, but with the way that DePaul has been recruiting (or not recruiting) recently, it’s tough to see a quick turnaround, and that is a shame.
DePaul is one of those programs where expectations and results don’t ever seem to match, and under Purnell, it will probably stay that way.
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