In what can only be described as a shocking revelation, multiple outlets are reporting that Clemson basketball coach Oliver Purnell has accepted an offer to take over at DePaul. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Purnell has accepted a seven year contract that will pay him a little over 2 million dollars per season.
Purnell has spent the past seven seasons at Clemson and has won 138 games during that stretch. He has led the Tigers to three consecutive NCAA tournaments and the team has won 20 or more games in each of the past four years.
The one knock on Purnell has been his early exits from the NCAA tournament. He has never won a first round NCAA tournament game (0-6 in 22 years as a head coach at Radford, Old Dominion, Dayton and Clemson). There were some Tiger fans that were more than a little perturbed that Purnell had not led the Tigers into the second round of the NCAA’s, but it is hard to imagine any of them are going to be happy to hear about his departure. Purnell turned the Clemson program into a contender in the ACC and a legitimate top 25 team. He will not be an easy coach to replace.