Purnell Comments on Nickelberry

Purnell Statement on Kevin Nickelberry being hired at Hampton today.

"Kevin did a terrific job at Clemson in all aspects of the program and he will do an outstanding job at Hampton University. He is a great fit for Hampton and Hampton is a great fit for Kevin and his family.

"It was Kevin's belief when he took the job at Clemson that working in the ACC and helping this program progress would give him the opportunity to become a head coach and that is what has happened.

"We are sorry to see Kevin leave, but at the same time it gives me personal pride to see him reach his goal as a Division I head coach.

"I will start the process of hiring a replacement immediately. I obviously will have access to a lot of qualified candidates who are here at the Final Four in Indianapolis this weekend."

Note: This is the sixth assistant coach Oliver Purnell has had who has become a college head coach.

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