Feb 3, 2014; Rosemont, IL, USA; DePaul Blue Demons head coach Oliver Purnell reacts during the first half against the Georgetown Hoyas at Allstate Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell will be retained for fifth season

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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.

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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