Based on a criteria that defies logic and makes zero sense to this alum and fan, DePaul University has extended the contract of athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto for the next five years through 2017. Lenti Ponsetto has been the AD of DePaul since 2002 and has killed any hope for the Blue Demons‘ men’s basketball program to be relevant again. In an article I wrote last week, I suggested it was time for her to go (click here). Apparently, the school views her incompetence as a selling point for future growth.
According to DePaul president Fr. Dennis H. Holtschneider…
Jean Lenti Ponsetto is among the most respected athletics directors in the United States. The NCAA, the Big East and other athletic conferences turn to her constantly for advice and counsel. ESPN, CBS and other networks turn to her to understand developments in collegiate athletics and recently she received the Trailblazer Award by NACWAA from her peers.
So let her take jobs with all the above-mentioned organizations and bring in an athletic director that actually wants to see DePaul’s one real revenue sport actually be successful. I’m sure several schools are lined up to hire her because of her awesome ability to kill programs. On her watch since 2002, the men’s basketball program has made one NCAA tournament appearance. There have been four head coaches. Her current hire Oliver Purnell is being paid a lot of money and really hasn’t made any significant differences. We play in an outdated arena in front of embarrassing crowds. There’s little-to-no media coverage of the program and people just don’t care anymore.
If you look at other urban Catholic universities like Marquette, Xavier, St. Johns and Villanova, there’s no reason why DePaul can’t be more successful than those schools. Being in Chicago with a limitless high school talent base should be enough to get the Blue Demons back on the map. But instead, they just don’t get what it takes to make this a top program. With this move today, DePaul has guaranteed itself a place at the bottom of Big East basketball. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if DePaul is asked to leave sooner rather than later.
I am very close to calling it quits. If DePaul doesn’t care, why should I?
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