Purnell leaves Clemson for DePaul

FOXSports.com senior college basketball writer Jeff Goodman has reported that Oliver Purnell will be introduced as the new basketball coach at DePaul.

Source: Purnell headed to DePaul

Several other media outlets have reported Purnell is bound for DePaul as well, including the Chicago Tribune and Scout.com affiliate WeAreDePaul.com.

The Tribune reported Purnell will be announced as the new head coach in a press conference later this afternoon at 2:30 PM Eastern and that Purnell will be scheduled to receive $15 million over seven years.

CUTigers.com has confirmed the 56-year-old head coach was in Chicago within the last 48 yours interviewing for the position, shortly after informing Clemson athletics director Terry Don Phillips that he was a candidate for the position.

DePaul, once a basketball powerhouse many years ago, has been terrible in the Big East in recent years, going 1-35 in conference play over the past two seasons.

The move would seem to be a fit considering Purnell's strength is building, or re-building struggling programs from the ground up.

Purnell will finish his career at Clemson 138-90 in seven seasons, guiding the Tigers to three NCAA tournament appearances.

However he never won an NCAA Tournament game (0-6) in Tigertown under his watch, losing three times to higher seeded teams, including an eight point loss in the first round to Missouri last month.

In previous stops at Dayton and Old Dominion, Purnell led teams to the NCAA tournament three times.

DePaul is looking to replace former head coach Jerry Wainwright, who was fired in the middle of the season.

Purnell is currently under contract at Clemson through the 2015-16 season and has an annual salary of $1.3 million. Once he officially accepts the job with the Blue Demons, he owes Clemson $250,000 for leaving early.

A press conference will be called at Clemson shortly after Purnell is introduced as DePaul's head coach.

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