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**Breaking News** DePaul Has a New Head Coach

I have learned that DePaul has hired Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell and has agreed to a 7 year contract with him in excess of 15 million dollars when you add in the buyout of his Clemson contract. He was on campus today and and will be introduced in a press conference at 1:30 Tuesday on DePaul's campus.

Purnell has been the head coach at Clemson since 2003 and while he has made Clemson competitive and has taken them to the NCAA Tournament 3 times, he is 0-6 in his career in NCAA games. He has no ties to the Chicago area and the jury is out on whether or not he can recruit players from this area to rebuild a program that was 1-35 the past two seasons in Big East play.

His Clemson teams have won 20 or more games each of the past four seasons and if he can achieve that level of success in Lincoln Park then the Blue Demons program will become a hot ticket again in the Chicago sports world.

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Matt Lo Cascio said:

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So DePaul basically just re-hired Jerry Wainwright. A 50-something decent college coach. They should have thrown all that money at Dave Leitao.

GoFire said:

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Alright ... we got a coach. Step 2 - lets get that near-campus arena started. Any update on that front Kap?

Matt Lo Cascio said:

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there is nowhere to build a near campus arena

GoFire said:

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Just referencing a previous post in which Kap said they are looking at a few sites near campus ...

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/david-kaplan-chicago-sports/2010/03/news-and-notes.html

Roti2000 said:

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How lame was it that Comcast interrupted the Champions League match between Barcelona and Arsenal to show the Purnell press conference!!

Great, DePaul has a new coach. But the PRESS CONFERENCE didn't need to supercede an important live game!

Roti2000 said:

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OK, Kap---you just mentioned on Chicago Tribune Live that CSN plays "tons of Premiership [soccer] games."

When are these on?!?! I thought Fox Sports Net & ESPN have the Premiership exclusive?

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