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Source: Purnell leaving Clemson for DePaul

Posted on: April 6, 2010 3:00 am
Edited on: April 6, 2010 3:36 am
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- DePaul's coaching search ended early Tuesday when Clemson's Oliver Purnell agreed to take the Big East job, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com.

An official announcement is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.

Purnell has led three different schools to NCAA tournaments -- including Clemson each of the past three seasons -- but is best known for never winning an NCAA tournament game. He's 0-6 all-time in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers lost to Missouri in the first round last March.

DePaul fired Jerry Wainwright in January.

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Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 11:53 am
 

Source: Purnell leaving Clemson for DePaul

THANK GOD !!!

Take him and his press out of the ACC. Man I hated playing against Clemson the last couple of years. I admire this guy press so much that if/when i decided to coach basketball for kids, I want to model my coaching style off of his. Look like the ACC will stay weak though with alot of big pieces leaving this year.



Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2010 11:48 am
 

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Wastelands of Depaul...  are you serious...  I guess it takes someone who makes stupid comments to find another stupid comment.  You might want to visit the North side of Chicago before you comment next time.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2010 11:24 am
 

Source: Purnell leaving Clemson for DePaul

If you think Myrtle Beach is the only thing SC has to offer the rest of the country you are either a high school moron or someone who has never set foot in Clemson or Charleston.  Myrtle Beach is the cesspool of high school tourists with fake ID's and college kids who were not popular enough to get invited to go along on real vacations or cruises.  I have lived all along the eastern half of the U.S. and have traveled abroad and you will not find a better looking landscape than Clemson in the Spring or Summer, nor will you find many places more culturally enriched than Charleston.  I will give you the fact that most of the rest of South Carolina could just fall into the ocean as far as I am concerned.
Best of luck to Oliver Purnell, I met the guy several times and he was nothing but classy and a good coach that helped rebuild a cellar-dwelling program.  Hopefully one day he will break through and grab a tourney victory.  Also it will be interesting to see whom Clemson replaces Purnell with.  Go Tigers!



Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2010 11:16 am
 

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I dont know what you are suggesting with that comment.  But I have lived in Columbia all my life, and wouldnt move out of here for anything.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 11:11 am
 

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yeah myrtle beach is about all SC has to offer the rest of the country.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 10:56 am
 

Source: Purnell leaving Clemson for DePaul

That comment slamming SC.....uh SC is BY FAR one of the most beautiful places to live in the country....much more beautiful than anywhere close to the wastelands of Depaul.  lollollol at that stupid comment. 

Purnell didn't help Clemson win any tittles + Clemson basketball isn't popular with the fans = not much of a loss.  It was nice to see Clemson go to the NCAA, but they became a running joke.

Now when Rick Barnes was their coach, that was a different story



Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2010 10:30 am
 

Source: Purnell leaving Clemson for DePaul

Chicago has the best talent in the country.  In a dream world, they could have Turner and Rose in the backcourt.  Sherron Collins and Jon Sheyer coming off the bench. Pac 10's player of the year Jerome Randle at small forward.  It's crazy.

Until they wake up and play their home games in Lincoln Park or somewhere on the northside, it's not going to happen though.  No one wants to drive 45 minutes on the highway to see a game.  Talk about a buzzkill.  They could be the college equivalent of the Cubs if they were smart.  Hundreds of 1000's of 20's and 30 year olds live on the northside of Chicago and would love to walk to a DePaul/Syracuse game.  Like I said, that would be a dream world. 



Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2010 10:26 am
 

Source: Purnell leaving Clemson for DePaul

What are you talking about?  I live in SC and even though OP got criticized for not winning NCAA tournament games, he was never on the "hot seat" at Clemson.  He did a great job building the program and was well-liked by the fans, community and administration.



Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2010 9:23 am
 

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I agree



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2010 9:06 am
 

Source: Purnell leaving Clemson for DePaul

Purnell definitely has a knack for finding the talent but he wasnt exactly in wasteland when it comes to recruiting down in the southeast. Granted some good talent comes out of the area where he's going, the concentration of schools seems a little bit higher and to think DePaul will get preference from some recruits over Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio State to name a few seems to be wishful thinking.

Seems like there's a line where program builder ends and program overachiever starts that Purnell cant seem to cross the threshold into. I just dont understand why he thinks it'll be any easier from the Big East basement...


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