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DePaul unveils 2015-16 non-conference schedule

The DePaul Blue Demons unveiled their 2015-16 non-conference schedule yesterday.A variety of locales await DePaul as the non-conference schedule takes the team from the Virgin Islands to the San Francisco Bay.“This non-conference schedule will provide our team many opportunities and put our team in many different situations to prepare us for the BIG EAST schedule,” said head...
Via Fox Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

DePaul snags 3-star guard Devin Gage

Dave Leitao targeted the Chicago Public League with is latest signee, and the result is 6-foot-2 floor general Devin Gage.Gage reportedly had offers from Bradley, UIC and Toledo as well. As a junior for Curie High School, Gage posted marks of 17.6 points per game, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals.Gage is the first commit for the Blue Demons' 2016 recruiting class. (h/t Big East Coast Bias)
Via Fox Sports
June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul snags three-star guard for 2016 class

Ever since Dave Leitao returned to coach at DePaul University, he has been nothing but positive for the Blue Demons’ program. He and the team have turned their focus on the Chicago Public High School League and the team has landed two big pickups for the team in the next two seasons. One of those players is three-star point guard Devin Gage, who has committed to DePaul for the...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: DePaul HC Dave Leitao takes singing lessons

DePaul Blue Demons head basketball coach Dave Leitao is set to return to the program in a big way. Before Leitao starts his second tenure with DePaul on the sidelines, he will be flexing his golden pipes on May 14. Leitao will be singing Take Me Out To The Ball Game at the Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets game. Since Leitao knows plenty of eyes will be on him for the big moment, he...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Durrell McDonald transferring from DePaul

DePaul guard Durrell McDonald will leave the program, the school announced Friday. McDonald will have one year of eligibility for the 2016-17 season at his new institution starting. He averaged 4.3 points, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals in 23.9 minutes per game last season. McDonald’s departure leaves DePaul’s backcourt with Billy Garrett Jr. and Aaron Simpson, along with the...
Via The Catch and Shoot
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Raymond Doby receives release from DePaul

High school senior Raymond Doby has received his release from DePaul, the program announced Friday. Doby signed with the Blue Demons during the November early signing period under former coach Oliver Purnell, who was fired last month. The 6-foot-7 forward is a three-star recruit according to 247 Sports, ranked just outside the top 200 nationally. DePaul’s incoming class now consists...
Via The Catch and Shoot
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul will host Northwestern next season in start of five-year series

DePaul and Northwestern agreed to a five-year series last spring, and the Blue Demons confirmed a CBS report Tuesday that they will host the first game of the series Dec. 19, 2015. Northwestern has the potential for some upward movement in the Big Ten next season with five starters returning. DePaul will also have an experienced group with three starters returning and several bench...
Via The Catch and Shoot
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul trails four schools in recruiting chase for Marcus LoVett

Photo by Vince Pugliese 2015 point guard Marcus LoVett tweeted his out his final eight schools in order of interest Saturday, and DePaul came in fifth. LoVett listed St. John’s as his top choice, followed by Memphis, Illinois and UC Irvine. LoVett, a local prospect out of Morgan Park, has been one of DePaul’s top priorities. He ranks No. 93 in 247 Sports Class of 2015 composite...
Via The Catch and Shoot
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Rick Carter, Billy Garrett join Leitao’s staff at DePaul

Former Xavier coach Rick Carter and longtime DePaul assistant Billy Garrett officially joined the staff of new Blue Demons head coach Dave Leitao, the school announced Friday. Carter joins as associate head coach after being an assistant at Xavier the last two seasons. He has spent most of his career in the Midwest, also spending time on the staff at Missouri, Western Michigan...
Via The Catch and Shoot
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

St. John’s Falls Short In The Coaching Carousel: The PR Coaching Hire Is Not Exactly Ideal

The college basketball coaching carousel is in full swing: coaches getting fired, others hired, and everything in-between. Tennessee just treated Texas’s trash like its treasure when it hired Rick Barnes to lead the Vols. DePaul retreaded a guy — Dave Leitao — who once left that program for a better job. St. John’s attempted to win back fans by bringing in the greatest player...
Via Bloguin Best
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

St. John’s Falls Short In The Coaching Carousel: The PR Coaching Hire Is Not Exactly Ideal

The college basketball coaching carousel is in full swing: coaches getting fired, others hired, and everything in-between. Tennessee just treated Texas’s trash like its treasure when it hired Rick Barnes to lead the Vols. DePaul retreaded a guy — Dave Leitao — who once left that program for a better job. St. John’s attempted to win back fans by bringing in the greatest player...
Via The Student Section
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Dave Leitao insists he's right coach to turn around DePaul

CHICAGO (AP) Coach Dave Leitao understands the perception that by dipping into its past DePaul is not moving forward. That doesn't mean he agrees with it. Leitao made that clear Monday when he was introduced as DePaul's coach for the second time. He is charged with a big task as he tries to revitalize a struggling program and get it back at least to the level when he led the Blue...
Via AP on Fox
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Big East Goes Back to the Future

A pair of Big East programs that were national powers in the 1980s announced their new coaches on Sunday, though both left people scratching their heads for different reasons. St. John’s is turning to the most prominent name in program history, while DePaul will turn to… a name in program history. Chris Mullin, a long-time flattop aficionado and member of the last St. John...
Via Rumors and Rants
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul brings Dave Leitao back for second stint as head coach

  Dave Leitao, who coached DePaul from 2002-05, has been brought back to lead the men's basketball program. Leitao, who led the Blue Demons to three postseason appearances in his first stint, left DePaul to take over at Virginia. He was there for four years and was Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year in his second season. He was an assistant to Frank Haith the past three...
Via AP on Fox
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul brings Dave Leitao back as coach

CHICAGO (AP) Dave Leitao, who coached DePaul from 2002-05, has been brought back to lead the men's basketball program. Leitao, who led the Blue Demons to three postseason appearances in his first stint, left DePaul to take over at Virginia. He was there for four years and was Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year in his second season. He was an assistant to Frank Haith the...
Via AP on Fox
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Dave Leitao to return to DePaul as head coach

DePaul is set to hire Dave Leitao as its next head coach, per ESPN’s Andy Katz. This will be Leitao’s second stint at DePaul. He coached the Blue Demons for three years from 2002 to 2005, when the team was still in Conference USA, and made the postseason each year (1 NCAA, 2 NITs). Leitao had a 58-34 record before leaving for Virginia, where he was fired after barely being...
Via The Catch and Shoot
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Forget “Clemsoning”: It is “Depauling” That The Blue Demons Do Not Want to be Taken Seriously

Many Big East Conference fans have grown accustomed to the new version of the old league. I mean, not everything in it has changed. So the adjustment to it seems to have been rather smooth. Jay Wright is still the sharpest dressed man, the conference tournament continues to be played at Madison Square Garden, and the DePaul Blue Demons are the mainstays as the cellar-dwellers of...
Via Bloguin Best
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Forget “Clemsoning”: It is “Depauling” That The Blue Demons Do Not Want to be Taken Seriously

Many Big East Conference fans have grown accustomed to the new version of the old league. I mean, not everything in it has changed. So the adjustment to it seems to have been rather smooth. Jay Wright is still the sharpest dressed man, the conference tournament continues to be played at Madison Square Garden, and the DePaul Blue Demons are the mainstays as the cellar-dwellers of...
Via The Student Section
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul looks to upset Notre Dame after near-miss

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Ninth-seeded DePaul is looking forward to a second shot at top-seeded Notre Dame. The Blue Demons (27-7) nearly upset the Fighting Irish (32-2) in December, squandering a six-point lead with less than three minutes left before losing 94-93 in overtime. The Blue Demons were 12 of 29 from the free-throw line, but coach Doug Bruno says the biggest problem was...
Via AP on Fox
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Unable to get DePaul back among elite, Purnell resigns after fifth year

  DePaul hired Oliver Purnell hoping he could lead a once proud program back to prominence. It didn't happen. Purnell resigned Saturday after leading the Blue Demons to a 54-105 record and a 15-75 mark in Big East play. ''We made progress here and improved with the talent and character of our student-athletes,'' he said in a statement. The program that rose to prominence under Hall...
Via AP on Fox
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

End of an Error: With Oliver Purnell Gone What’s Next for DePaul?

The Oliver Purnell era is over at DePaul. This comes to the surprise to no one with a fully functioning brain. Purnell’s Blue Demons have been cellar-dwellers in most of his years with the program, with the only exception being this season, when the team was in first place of the Big East Conference — for a full four days. That’s history, though. There are no sane reasons...
Via Bloguin Best
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

End of an Error: With Oliver Purnell Gone What’s Next for DePaul?

The Oliver Purnell era is over at DePaul. This comes to the surprise to no one with a fully functioning brain. Purnell’s Blue Demons have been cellar-dwellers in most of his years with the program, with the only exception being this season, when the team was in first place of the Big East Conference — for a full four days. That’s history, though. There are no sane reasons...
Via The Student Section
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Oliver Purnell resigns as DePaul's basketball coach

CHICAGO (AP) DePaul coach Oliver Purnell has resigned after five seasons. The school announced Saturday that he is stepping aside after leading the Blue Demons to a 54-105 record. DePaul hired Purnell hoping he could revitalize a once-proud program, but a turnaround never happened. The Blue Demons lost at least 20 games in four of his five years, including a 12-20 mark this season...
Via AP on Fox
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell resigns after five seasons

Oliver Purnell has resigned as DePaul head coach, the school announced Saturday. Purnell, who coached the Blue Demons for five seasons, posted a 12-20 record, including a 6-12 mark in the Big East. Photo: DePaul Athletics Purnell finishes his tenure at DePaul with a 54-105 overall record. “It is my best interest and my family’s best interest to resign as head coach of the...
Via The Catch and Shoot
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul tops No. 24 Seton Hall for Big East women's tourney title

  DePaul is one of the nation's highest scoring teams. However, its defense took over Tuesday night. The Blue Demons held No. 24 Seton Hall to 42-percent shooting in a 78-68 victory over the top-seeded Pirates for DePaul's second consecutive Big East tournament title and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. ''They defended better than I've seen them play in all the games I've watched...
Via AP on Fox
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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