DePaul coach Oliver Purnell resigns

Oliver Purnell spent five seasons at DePaul. (USATSI)

Oliver Purnell has resigned after five seasons as coach at DePaul .

Purnell failed to reach the NCAA Tournament during his time in Chicago.

The Blue Demons lost to Creighton on Wednesday in the Big East tournament's opening round. They finished 12-20 this season. Purnell went 54-105 since 2010-11.

"It is my best interest and my family's best interest to resign as head coach of the DePaul basketball program," Purnell said in a statement. "We made progress here and improved with the talent and character of our student-athletes. DePaul provided complete support and is fully committed to its basketball program with its budget, the on-campus facilities and in the future with the new events center. I would like to personally thank the University community, fans and student body for their support and thank the student-athletes for their efforts over the last five years."

Purnell's career began at Radford, then he went to Old Dominion, Dayton and Clemson before taking the DePaul gig in 2010. His career record is 448-384.

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