Purnell's Name Surfaces in Cincinnati

CUTigers.com has learned that Clemson's head basketball coach has already been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Bob Huggins at Cincinnati.

In just two years on the job, Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell has turned a lot of heads in basketball circles.

From bringing in a top 25 recruiting class to getting the Tigers into the NIT last year with four freshmen leading the way, Purnell has already shown he has turned the Clemson basketball program around in the right direction.

And once again, it appears another program has taken notice.

CUTigers.com has learned that Oliver Purnell is on the short list of possible candidates for the head coaching position at Cincinnati, although he has not been formally contacted by Cincinnati in any capacity, according to sources.

Current Bearcats' head coach Bob Huggins is expected to either quit or be fired from his job by 2 PM Eastern today.

Purnell, who led the Tigers to the NIT in just his second year on the job, was also a reported candidate for the Ohio State head-coaching job last year.

He would be an attractive choice for Cincinnati for several reasons.

For starters, Purnell has ties to Ohio as the former head coach at Dayton. He's also known as a head coach that graduates his players, which was one aspect of Bob Huggins' program that was always in question.

Several media outlets have already reported that current Cincinnati associate head coach Andy Kennedy will likely be named as the interim head coach upon the dismissal of Huggins, but that a search will then begin on a more viable long-term candidate.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported a possible list of candidates today, and Purnell's name was on the list. Other possible candidates from the ACC include Wake Forest's Skip Prosser and N.C. State's Herb Sendek.

Cincinnati could be an attractive option for Purnell considering the position could pay from $1 to $2 million a year, and also considering he has ties to the area.

CUTigers.com will have more on this story, later today.

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