The Big East is arguably the most competitive conference in college basketball. Traditional powerhouses like Louisville and Connecticut fill the stands nightly with a raucous crowd, raking in dollar upon dollar in revenue that can be spread around to other sports. The Blue Demons’ half-empty Allstate Arena gives DePaul athletics less to work with.
To get where they need to be, the athletic department pieces together the revenue from its sports, but also relies on money from the university and students’ tuition beyond the athletic fee laid out on a student’s bill. Still, DePaul spends less on its athletic expenses overall than any of its conference counterparts. (more…)
Don’t call more than once a week. Writing a wall post or sending out a tweet mentioning them isn’t allowed. Being in a “Facebook relationship” when it’s not been made official is just wrong.
Sounds a lot like the difficulty of dating in a society dominated by Facebook news feeds and Twitter updates right?
In reality, these are just a few of the rules NCAA coaches must follow during their recruiting process. With a rule book over 420 pages long, DePaul Director of Compliance Doug Bakker said the biggest challenge coaches face is the sheer amount of rules they must abide by to avoid an NCAA recruiting violation scandal, such as the one UConn’s Jim Calhoun was recently involved in after reportedly making impermissible calls and offering improper benefits to a former player. (more…)
In his first season as DePaul men’s basketball head coach, Oliver Purnell has gathered an incoming class composed of six players from across the nation. According to CBSSports.com affiliate MaxPreps.com, the 2011 class ranks No. 25 in the nation and seventh in the Big East.
“I’m very pleased with the makeup of our first full recruiting class. I think we addressed a lot of needs for next year’s team,” Purnell said in a statement. “We were able to sign a guy at each position. I think we have guys that shoot the basketball, guys that have the ability to defend and overall a very athletic class.” (more…)
At an intimidating 6’7″, 280 pounds, the nation’s No. 16 shot putter, DePaul’s Tim Nedow, makes quite the impression. But underneath the seemingly tough and callused-hand exterior of the Canadian college sports-lover and video game major is just a laid-back guy.
He loves to lift weights, eats anything that will fill him up—especially burritos—and is in the process of growing his very own playoff beard as he prepares for his expected run to nationals. (more…)