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Oliver Purnell Leaves Clemson for DePaul

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 21:  Coach Oliver Purnell of the Clemson Tigers during his team's 75-69 loss to the Villanova Wildcats in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional at the St. Pete Times Forum on March 21, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Joseph DurstCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2016

In a shocking move, Oliver Purnell has left Clemson University after a seven-year tenure that included three consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. Purnell will take over as head coach at DePaul (8-23 this past season).

Purnell will be introduced as DePaul's new head coach at a 2:30 pm press conference and will reportedly receive significantly more than the $1.6 million he was making as head coach of the Tigers.

In spite of his ability to rebuild schools to basketball prowess (Old Dominion, Clemson, Dayton), Purnell has yet to win an NCAA tournament game. After going (0-6) in tournament games, Purnell is beginning to gain a reputation as a development-only coach. 

That shouldn't be a major concern for DePaul, a team that has been limping through the Big East in recent years. That lack of concern showed in the form of a seven-year, $15 million contract for Purnell.

Clemson is expected to compete near the top of the ACC again next season, but must now find a head coach that can take the Tigers to the next level.

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