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Strickland to be named assistant coach at DePaul

Rod Strickland is leaving the University of Kentucky basketball staff for a job with DePaul University, his alma mater. Reports came out earlier today that Strickland was interested in the job, now the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting it’s a done deal. He will be an assistant coach under Oliver Purnell at the school where he averaged 20 points and earned First Team All-American honors as a junior in 1987.

Congrats to Rod on the return home to DePaul and thanks for all the hard work and dedication here at UK under John Calipari.

Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

34 Comments for Strickland to be named assistant coach at DePaul



  1. BCO
    5:50 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck! Thanks for all your work here.



  2. TheBigToe
    5:52 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    You mean he’s gonna be working for the sausage guy’s brother? How sweet a gig is that? It’s goooood.



  3. jengland
    5:54 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    love the shorts Strick!



  4. Man.
    5:56 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    The stock of our assistants will be sky high this time next year… Whatev.



  5. Rei
    5:56 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    isn’t he the one who was arrested for drunk driving like twice



  6. Deacon
    5:57 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Who’s on deck for the open “unofficial” assitant coach position? Bring back Padgett / Delk? Another UK Alum like Estill or Turner? Or someone from outside la Familia?



  7. minton
    5:57 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    I really hate to see him go, but wish him the best. Hope he is a head coach some day.



  8. Wall2Cousins
    5:59 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    How many 40’s did Strick have before giving up a ring?



  9. RICHARD HAMILTON
    6:01 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    DOES ROD STRICKLAND HAVE FACEBOOK??? HUH??? HUH???



  10. jpo
    6:09 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    9. You do this over and over, but the guy’s name was Mark Hamilton, not Richard.



  11. Maxbps8
    6:16 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Congratulations Coach Rod! Best of luck at DePaul.



  12. Fire Cal Now
    6:25 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    The mass exodus begins!



  13. CatBlue in LR
    6:25 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Larry Brown thought he had him hired at SMU last year, but they found out he couldn’t go because he didn’t have a degree. Does this mean he has now completed his degree?



  14. Bleed Blue
    6:26 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    There are rumors that KU and UofL are looking to get Rob Fulford, Wiggins’ High School HC. It won’t help them any to get Wiggins since he is ours, but I could see Cal getting Fulford because he has a great pipeline in Canada and there have been some good players coming out of there as of late and he would be great pipeline for the Huntington Prep players.



  15. MattFromRichmond
    6:29 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    He’ll learn a lot about sausage under Purnell. “Tastes like country sausage otta taste”!
    “It’s gooooooooood”!



  16. mudcreekmark
    6:34 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Surely we wouldn’t hire a high school coach to get a player who will stay just one year anyway. I never did like that concept. Pitino hired Magloires coach, Mars or whatever his name was. This practice should be outlawed by the NCAA.



  17. Daddy's Girl
    6:50 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Saul!!! Is he still available?



  18. Marty
    6:51 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Rod, I wish you and your family nothing but the best. Appreciate all of your work and effort at Kentucky. God bless!



  19. Cal's Clipboard
    6:55 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    We need an assistant who has NBA backcourt experience and played for UK, either TD or DA would do nicely.



  20. Dr. Tom
    6:57 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks Strick for all your hard work with the UK program. Cal and all of Big Blue Nation will miss your point guard coaching. Best of luck and always a Wildcat.



  21. Tom Blevins
    7:06 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Coach Strickland, allow me to add my thanks for all you have done at Kentucky. I wish you good luck and much success at DePaul. As for the speculation on who will replace Coach Strickland, I trust Coach Calipari to make the right hire.



  22. Bleed Blue
    7:12 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    I would love to see DA on staff or maybe even King Rex. Both are very knowledgeable.



  23. andrew
    7:14 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Strickland has been a key player in the recruiting successes of Calipari and company – especially regarding the PG’s out there in the country. Just hope Cal gets someone really really good.



  24. d;ljfk
    7:25 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    hate him.



  25. jymbo
    7:43 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Wish you the Best, Coach Rod. You’ll always be a CAT.



  26. GoodLuck
    7:51 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    That’s a huge loss for Kentucky. In my opinion Strickland has been one of the biggest reasons why Cal has been able to land so many talented point guards. Having a 17-year NBA career gives you quite a bit of credibility. .Hope he has great success at DePaul, wish he hadn’t left though.



  27. yeahright
    8:11 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Our coolness factor is going to take a hit, but it should be an attractive position… Cal should have no trouble filling it. Best wishes to Rod Strickland, one of the games great point guards.



  28. Bobbum man
    8:18 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Know it’s not really possible but I’d love to see Boogie as Cals assistant!



  29. Lou wilkerson
    8:24 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Rick Stansberry! A Kentucky boy



  30. NCAA Compliance
    8:30 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Strickland is a smart man. Good idea to get out of dodge before the NCAA drops the hammer on UK and their house of cards.



  31. Steve
    8:35 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Thank you Rod Strickland for everything you have done for Kentucky basketball!



  32. jhnny
    8:44 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Am I the only who thinks this is a weird employment move?



  33. KCK
    9:05 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck, Rod “I was the last line of Raekwon’s verse in the Wu-Tang Clan song “Triumph”” Strickland!



  34. kes
    9:17 pm April 17, 2013 Permalink

    im sure he wants to be a head coach, maybe depaul will give him more responsibility to better align himself for that position