Before DePaul tipped off Wednesday night against Marquette in the Big East Tournament, it was clear that no matter the result, the Blue Demons were headed for their 11th straight losing season.
It’s a familiar feeling for DePaul fans who had entered the fall with cautious hope for different results with a new downtown arena and a top recruit committed to the program.
Athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto told the Tribune she sees signs of improvement and feels confident the program is moving in the right direction as coach Dave Leitao wraps up the third season of his second stint at DePaul.
DePaul’s women’s basketball team — a paragon of consistent success — won the Big East tournament Tuesday for the third time in five years.
Lenti Ponsetto, a former DePaul player who has served as athletic director since 2002, said she’s excited for the Ramblers, just as she was for Northwestern last season when it appeared in its first NCAA tournament.
Matt Martinez, who said he is a season ticket holder and 2012 DePaul graduate, banded with other disgruntled alumni to buy an ad in Sunday’s Chicago Sun-Times calling for Lenti Ponsetto to be fired.
Fan frustration seemed to reach a fever pitch after four-star recruit Tyger Campbell — who had committed to DePaul in May, decommitted in September and then flirted with the Blue Demons again — decided last month to play at UCLA instead.
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