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Dave Leitao vows to change culture in return to DePaul men’s basketball

Dave Leitao vows to change culture in return to DePaul men’s basketball

Matthew Paras

March 30, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

A prideful Dave Leitao’s voice rose as he talked about getting a second chance with the program he left 10 years earlier as Leitao was introduced Monday as the next head coach of DePaul men’s basketball program at DePaul’s Student Center in Lincoln Park. Read More »...

Dave Leitao to be rehired as DePaul head coach

Dave Leitao to be rehired as DePaul head coach

Matthew Paras

March 29, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Former DePaul head coach Dave Leitao will be hired for a second stint as DePaul men's basketball head coach, the school announced Sunday. Read More »...

DePaul Coaching Candidates: Ty Corbin

DePaul Coaching Candidates: Ty Corbin

Ben Gartland

March 27, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

This is the fifth in a series of articles looking at potential replacements for Oliver Purnell as head coach of DePaul men’s basketball. Part 1: Bobby Hurley Part 2: Bryce Drew Part 3: Jamie Dixon Part 4: Steve Masiello Names expected to be in equation for DePaul: Ty Corbin, Ben Howland, Bryce Drew, source told ESPN. D-2 coach Linc Darner darkhorse candidate — Jeff G...

Report: Bobby Hurley to interview with DePaul this weekend

Matthew Paras

March 25, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Buffalo head coach Bobby Hurley will interview with DePaul this weekend, ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported. Hurley, 43, is "DePaul's top candidate," according to Goodman. Hurley went 23-10 at Buffalo this season and his team lost to West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA tournament. To complicate matters, however, Hurley has also agreed to a verbal deal for a contract e...

DePaul Coaching Candidates: Jamie Dixon

DePaul Coaching Candidates: Jamie Dixon

Ben Gartland

March 25, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

This is the third in a series of articles profiling who is a candidate to take over the DePaul men's basketball head coaching position.  Part 1: Bobby Hurley Part 2: Bryce Drew Two reports came out in the late hours of March 24 that each stated conflicting reports. One, from ESPN's Jeff Goodman said that Bobby Hurley had become the front-runner for the DeP...

DePaul Coaching Candidates: Bryce Drew

DePaul Coaching Candidates: Bryce Drew

Matthew Paras

March 24, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

This is the second in a series of articles looking at potential replacements for Oliver Purnell as head coach of DePaul men’s basketball.  Part 1: Bobby Hurley Sources still maintain Bryce Drew is DePaul's top head-coaching candidate. I'm told Ben Howland never materialized as an option. ...

DePaul Coaching Candidates: Bobby Hurley

DePaul Coaching Candidates: Bobby Hurley

Ben Gartland

March 23, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

This is the first in a series of articles looking at potential replacements for Oliver Purnell as head coach of DePaul men's basketball. With the announcement that Ben Howland was off the market after his agreement to lead the Mississippi State program, DePaul was out a potential hire for new head...

Report: Mississippi State to hire Ben Howland

Ben Gartland

March 23, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Ben Howland, former UCLA coach and potential replacement for Oliver Purnell at DePaul, has signed with Mississippi State, according to multiple reports. Jeff Goodman of ESPN had multiple sources tell him of the Howland deal. Howland hasn't coached since 2013 when he was fired by UCLA. He served the...

Commentary: DePaul men’s basketball should pursue Ben Howland

Commentary: DePaul men’s basketball should pursue Ben Howland

Ben Gartland

March 20, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Commentary, Men's Sports, Sports

When Oliver Purnell was hired as head coach of DePaul men’s basketball, his notoriety was as a program rebuilder. He was never able to get the job done at DePaul, but the line of thinking in his hiring was correct: Find a coach who has history of proven success. There is a coach without a job at this point that not only has a h...

Demon Dishes: Discussing Purnell’s resignation and what’s next

Ben Gartland and Matthew Paras

March 15, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, News, Sports

Former DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell resigned Saturday at 3 p.m. after being the Blue Demons’ head coach for five years. Sports Editor Matthew Paras and Asst. Sports Editor Ben Gartland discuss the move and what could be next for the Blue Demons Matthew Paras: Well Ben, it happened. I think it...

Report: DePaul lets go of assistants Ron Bradley and Renard Phillips

Matthew Paras

March 15, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

More coaching moves to DePaul men's basketball were made Sunday. DePaul's athletic department let go of assistant head coaches Ron Bradley and Renard Phillips after Oliver Purnell resigned on Saturday, per Steve Newhouse of WeAreDePaul.com. Bradley, who joined DePaul in 2011, was Purnell's lead...

BREAKING: Oliver Purnell resigned as DePaul head coach

Matthew Paras

March 14, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Oliver Purnell resigned after five years as DePaul men's basketball head coach, the school announced Saturday. Purnell, 61, stepped down after the Blue Demons finished 12-20, 6-12 Big East this past season. Tasked with turning the program around, Purnell went 54-105 in his five seasons as head coach. "It is my best interest and my family's best interest to resign as head coach of th...

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