It has been an uphill struggle for the DePaul Blue Demons even since the team entered the Big East Conference. It was a place that DePaul never should have been to in the first place and the Blue Demons lost yet another Big East game Wednesday night to the St. John’s Red Storm 79-74 in overtime, falling to an overall record of 6-73 for DePaul’s history in conference play since 2008-09.
I couldn’t be happier to see DePaul breaking away from the conference even if it has six Big East schools going too. It may actually allow the Blue Demons to compete in a conference since their chances of winning have been greatly reduced in the past five years. I don’t know what else Oliver Purnell can do with DePaul. It is like a small high school getting in with a group of other schools that have hundreds or thousands of more players to choose from and they can’t size up to their competitors.
There is no reason why DePaul can’t get back to the winning tradition that the school had about 30-35 years ago when Ray Meyer was there. Hopefully this move out of the Big East will help them out because at this point, there is really nothing else that can be done. DePaul became an afterthought for a lot of the big-time recruits as soon as cable television started showing multiple games a week and the last dozen years have been awful for the Chicago school that plays their home games in the suburbs. DePaul fans now wait to see if the new conference changes their team’s fortune.