DePauls future may be a face from its past. The Chicago Tribune reports that legendary Blue Demon, and former NBA All-Star, Mark Aguirre is interested in replacing fired coach Jerry Wainwright as mens basketball head coach.
Aguirre, who is currently an assistant coach with the New York Knicks, expressed interest on Dave Kaplans WGN-AM 720s Sports Central on Monday night. Im a very close friend of everybody up there. I like DePaul, said Aguirre according to the Chicago Tribune. If it was right and we thought the situation (was) right, youre doggone right I would do that.
Aguirre played three years at DePaul including leading the Blue Demons to the Final Four as a freshman in 1979. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1981 draft by the Dallas Mavericks and went on to win two NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990.
Aguirre believes that convincing local kids to come to DePaul is the key to success. I want to get committed to trying to get the Chicago kids to understand what an incredible city Chicago is to play in, said Aguirre. I dont know of any place Ive ever seen that had fans that incredible. We were like a pro team in college. It was crazy.
DePaul is currently coached by Interim coach Tracy Webster. They are 9-13 on the season.