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DEPAUL RUMORS & GOSSIP

To know DePaul coach Leitao is to 'appreciate a special human being'

DePaul basketball isn't simply trying to win basketball games based on their new coaching hire: They're trying to change the program's entire culture.Ironically enough, the more things change, the more they stay the same for the Blue Demons. This is Leitao's second stint as DePaul's head coach, but the program floundered during his absence. Leitao sang the national anthem on Wednesday...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  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
16 days ago  |  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

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 The Student Section
April 01, 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 The Student Section
March 29, 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

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

Creighton Basketball: Big win for the Jays

Creighton faced off against the DePaul Blue Demons on Tuesday night. After a big game from James Milliken, the Bluejays came out on top, winning by 13 points. What does this win mean for Creighton as they try to finish off the end of a very disappointing season? Let’s see. Confidence With this win, the Bluejays are no longer last in the Big East. Marquette has taken over as the...
Via isportsweb.com
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Oregon State Is The DePaul Of The West… Only Better

This is becoming a special college basketball season for a number of programs that, in recent years, have known nothing other than misery. Teams that have slogged through hopeless seasons over the past half-decade are finally beginning to dig out of a cave and rediscover what it means to live in the light. Two of the foremost examples of programs that have, at long last, managed...
Via The Student Section
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

GIF: DePaul’s Bench Is Pretty Pumped About A Big Three-Pointer By Myke Henry

The DePaul Blue Demons are just 9-9 this season, but don’t accuse them of not having fun. The team’s bench has been making waves with some great celebrations after big shots over the last few games, and today’s close game with St. John’s is no exception. After guard Myke Henry hit a big three to tie the game at 45, the bench decided to ride the train. DePaul is hanging in...
Via College Spun
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul women's coach Doug Bruno gets contract extension to 2020

  DePaul has extended women's basketball coach Doug Bruno's contract through the 2019-20 season. The school announced the one-year extension on Wednesday. Bruno has coached at the school for 29 years and won 572 games at his alma mater. The Blue Demons have reached the NCAA tournament each of the past 12 seasons. Last year, they won the Big East regular season and conference tournament...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

DePaul’s New Basketball Arena Is Coming

We have heard it for almost 2 years: The new arena for DePaul is coming. But nothing has happened. It’s been all talk and no action on breaking ground. That is, until today. DePaul officials said today that the arena will be on track for breaking ground this winter. This is the first time anyone has heard of a set time for starting the construction. Having this winter set for...
Via Sports Mockery
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

COMMIT: JUCO PG Aaron Simpson to DePaul

Just a day after news broke that the DePaul Blue Demons lost an incoming combo guard recruit in Jon Davis, DePaul landed his replacement in junior college guard Aaron Simpson. Simpson, a native of North Chicago, pledged to Detroit just over a week ago, but has apparently switched to DePaul. Simpson was originally headed to Illinois State out ...
Via Hoopniks
March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul says Melvin no longer enrolled

DePaul star forward Cleveland Melvin is no longer enrolled in school or part of the basketball program. The school announced the split with the senior on Monday after suspending him last month for violating team rules. Melvin ranks among the Blue Demons' career leaders in scoring, scoring average, rebounding, field goals, blocked shots and free throws. He was the 2011 Big East...
Via AP on Fox
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul women give up 11-point 1st-half lead

DePaul was aggressive and opportunistic for the first 19 minutes against No. 5 Kentucky. However, an early 11-point lead slipped away as the visiting Wildcats forced a halftime tie and then took command in the second half on the way to beating the Blue Demons 96-85 Thursday night. Brittany Hrynkko scored 20 points, Megan Rogowski had 19, and Megan Podkowa and Jasmine Penny added...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Harper, Evans get No. 5 Kentucky women past DePaul

Despite the distractions of her first visit back home, Kentucky freshman Linnae Harper still managed to be all business on Thursday. The Wildcats' reserve guard, a former Chicago high school star, scored 18 points to lead No. 5 Kentucky to a 96-85 victory over DePaul. ''I was very nervous, I hadn't been home in a few months and I was excited to be here,'' said Harper, a 2012 state...
Via AP on Fox
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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