Purnell just one part of equation

Big-time talent, not big-time coach the key to rebuilding DePaul

Updated: April 7, 2010, 11:23 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The peals of laughter on the other end of the phone told me everything I needed to know about local reaction to DePaul's recent foray into relevancy.

I asked Nick Irvin, the coach of Morgan Park High School and young lion of the influential Irvin coaching family, what he thought of DePaul's hire of Oliver Purnell as its new coach, and he started laughing.

"Very surprising," he said.

Now, Irvin is a jovial guy. He laughs a lot; it's part of his patois. Or maybe ...

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