After several weeks of speculation, it appears Kentucky deputy director of athletics DeWayne Peevy is on his way out of Lexington.
According to reporter Lawrence Kreymer, Peevy has accepted the athletic director position at DePaul University in Chicago.
DePaul is a member of the Big East Conference and is best known for their men’s basketball program, which has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 22 times with three trips the Elite Eight and two Final Four bids.
While historically successful, DePaul has not reached the NCAA Tournament since 2004 and will look for Peevy to help bring the program back to March.
In total, the Blue Demons have 15 varsity sports but do not have a football program.
Peevy arrived at UK in August of 2008 and has spent the last six years as Kentucky deputy director of athletics.
During his time in Lexington, Peevy also worked with athletics director Mitch Barnhart on strategic planning, fund-raising and public relations initiatives as a member of his executive staff.
In addition, Peevy oversees the men’s basketball program, the UK Athletics senior staff, and is the liaison to the SEC and SEC Network offices. He was recently tabbed one of the SEC’s ‘Behind-The-Scenes-Power-Players” by AL.com. He was also a finalist for the UCF AD opening back in 2015.
This is a big loss for UK’s athletic department, but it was past time for Peevy to get his chance to be an athletic director. Hopefully, he enjoys a very successful career as one at DePaul. And maybe one day he’ll return to Lexington to be UK’s AD whenever Mitch Barnhart decides to retire.