French pro team Caen Calvados has some fun at DePaul’s expense


One of four Big East programs taking summer trips overseas, DePaul is hoping that this summer is the beginning of a second successful run at the school for head coach Dave Leitao. Leitao led the program for three seasons from 2002-05, a stretch that included DePaul’s last NCAA tournament berth in 2004.

The Blue Demons are currently in France, where Wednesday they played their first game of the trip against pro club Caen Calvados and the result wasn’t a good one. A late first quarter run gave Caen a 15-point lead at the of the first stanza, and they would go on to win by the final score of 96-62. Caen shot 14-for-28 from three on the night, outscoring DePaul 42-3 from beyond the arc while shooting better than 58 percent from the field.

And if the result wasn’t bad enough, Caen tweeted out a GIF of boxing great Muhammad Ali following the win.

To quote Dave Chappelle’s version of Rick James, “that was cold-blooded.” According to Caen’s social media director it was an good-natured exchange that began six days before the game was played.

The Blue Demons can redeem itself when they play their next game on the trip Sunday evening.