It appears that Jerry Wainwright won't get that last chance in the Providence game. A press conference has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday morning involving Wainwright and athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto.
Multiple media outlets including ESPN and The Chicago Tribune are reporting that the press conference - as expected - will announce that Wainwright isn't going to be the head coach at DePaul. How the situation will exactly be explained - as a firing or resignation - is still unclear apparently. It is also unclear if injuries sustained by Wainwright during the Villanova game last Wednesday are part of the reasoning behind the timing of the move.
Personally, the more interesting part of this news is that letting Wainwright leave the position now enables DePaul to prepare for a complete attitude change in how the program deals with basketball in the Big East when a new coach comes to Chicago. How Ponsetto deals with the changes and turmoil in the basketball program will be a key to watch moving forward.
It is likely that an assistant to Wainwright, who were brought in at the beginning of this season, such as Tracy Webster or David Booth will become the head coach for the remainder of the season.
CSNChicago is reporting that it will be Webster taking over.
Webster has extensive experience as an assistant at the Division I level. Before DePaul he was working at Kentucky under Billy Gillespie. WeAreDePaul has more on the assistant coach's background.
Chicago College Basketball will have much more as events develop on this front.