DePaul expected to hire Tony Stubblefield as next head basketball coach

Stubblefield will replace Dave Leitao, who was fired after going 69-113 in six seasons leading the Blue Demons.

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Tony Stubblefield coaching at Oregon.

Tony Stubblefield coaching at Oregon.

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DePaul is expected to name Tony Stubblefield as its next head men’s basketball coach, according to sources.

Stubblefield will replace Dave Leitao, who was fired after going 69-113 in six seasons leading the Blue Demons.

The 51-year-old Stubblefield has been at Oregon under Dana Altman for the past 11 seasons. He was named associate head coach this past season.

Known for his high level recruiting prowess while at Oregon, which has included four recruiting classes ranked among the top 12 in the country, Stubblefield has been a part of eight NCAA Tournament teams with the Ducks.

Oregon finished the year 21-7 and reached the Sweet Sixteen, losing to USC on Sunday. The 2015-16 team reached the Elite Eight and the 2016-17 team reached the Final Four.

The short list of candidates reportedly interviewed and were under serious consideration included New York Knicks assistant coach Kenny Payne, Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley, Cleveland State head coach Dennis Gates, Duke associate head coach Jon Scheyer, Wright State head coach Scott Nagy and Pacific head coach Damon Stoudemire.

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