UK Men's Basketball

Report: Kentucky assistant Strickland leaving for DePaul

Rod Strickland
Rod Strickland

Rod Strickland, a member of John Calipari's coaching staff since his arrival at Kentucky in 2009, is apparently set to leave.

The Chicago Sun-Times, citing sources, reported Wednesday afternoon that the former DePaul player was about to accept a job with his alma mater as a member of Coach Oliver Purnell's coaching staff.

The Sun-Times said Strickland was in the last interview stage Wednesday before joining the staff. The paper said at least one vacancy exists to replace dismissed Brian Ellerbe, who came with Purnell three years ago.

UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy said Wednesday he could not confirm the report.

Strickland, a former NBA point guard whose title at Kentucky is special assistant to the head coach, has been credited for his work with Calipari's numerous NBA-bound point guards through the years.

He was also part of Calipari's staff at Memphis and with the Dominican Republic National Team.

Strickland's work extended to big men. Karl Towns, a 7-footer who played for the Dominican team last summer and later committed to Kentucky for 2014, singled out Strickland for improving his game.

During his time in Lexington, Strickland was the source of some mild controversy for Calipari with a pair of traffic arrests.

Last August, Strickland was arrested on charges of driving on a suspended license, failure to signal and having no vehicle registration, according to the Fayette County Detention Center's website.

In 2010, Strickland was arrested in Lexington for driving under the influence but had his license reinstated the following year, according to court documents.