DePaul clear winner in arena deal

CHICAGO -- DePaul University doesn't have an arena problem. It has a men's basketball problem.

A long-term deteriorating identity issue borne out of questionable leadership, vision and performance. And yes, the arena by the airport is a major part of it.

If you're into symbolism, playing at Allstate Arena is emblematic of DePaul's stature in the city since moving to the Big East in 2005. Out of sight, out of mind.

The arena story has defined DePaul in the past 10 years as the school has fumbled coaching hires and frittered away any hold it had on the prodigious amount of local basketball talent.

Now seemingly the issue has been resolved thanks to a business-friendly mayor and his agenda.

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