Dave Leitao, who coached
Leitao, who led the Blue Demons to three postseason appearances in his first stint, left DePaul to take over at
Before coaching DePaul, Leitao was associate head coach to
In nine seasons as a head coach, Leitao holds a record of 143-129, including 58-34 in his first time at DePaul.
DePaul hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 2004 and last made the
An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years Sunday, insisting he's grateful for his time with Longhorns and isn't bitter about being fired.
"The wins and losses are fleeting, but it's the relationships that matter," Barnes said at a 40-minute farewell news conference in Austin, Texas. "We know as a coach, this whole thing is about players. We've been blessed as a staff here to have so many players who have affected our lives."
But Barnes also revealed that he had been told by Athletic Director Steve Patterson that he would be back for another season after Texas lost to Butler in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
"Some things changed," Barnes said.
Barnes confirmed Patterson told him a few days ago he had to fire staff or be fired himself. That ultimatum was leaked to the media Thursday, publicly turning up the pressure on Barnes and his assistants. Barnes blamed the leaks on the athletic department but didn't name any individuals behind them.
"I was shocked," by the leaks, Barnes said. "I couldn't do that. That would be me saying this is about me. I've been carried by a lot of people here. We're in this together."
Barnes said his staff offered to quit but he refused to let them.
Bruins win again
UCLA defeated St. Mary's, 82-66, at Pauley Pavilion to advance to the women's NIT semifinals.
The Bruins (17-18) got 13 points apiece from junior Nirra Fields and freshman Jordin Canada to set up a game at Michigan (20-14) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. PDT. The other semifinal features Temple (20-16) at West Virginia (22-14).