Pittsburgh hiring Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel

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"Coach Capel is a high-energy leader committed to being a part of our university and the city of Pittsburgh".

Mike Krzyzewski certainly has quite the track record of grooming assistants for head coaching jobs (Mike Brey, Tommy Amaker and Steve Wojciechowski all come to mind, and Jeff Capel is back as the No. 2 on Duke's staff after stints leading VCU and Oklahoma).

It's also possible that, with a seven-year deal in a major metropolitan area, Capel believes he can build a victor, perhaps capitalizing on talent in the northeast and mid-Atlantic when Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim retires.


Since returning in 2011, the former Blue Devils point guard has been Krzyzewski's right-hand man, stepping in as acting head coach three times (6-3 record in those games).

Capel went 175-110 in nine years at Virginia Commonwealth and Oklahoma before returning to his alma mater to become Krzyzewski's right-hand man.

Pitt is a program in need of a major rebuild. Now, Coach K will be challenged to continue that success without Capel. Stallings went 16-17 in his first year with the Panthers but finished 8-24 this season and didn't win an ACC game. Capel led two Sooners teams to the NCAA Tournament, advancing as far as the Elite Eight in 2009, and got the Rams to the tourney once in 2004.


"Duke University and Coach K have had a profound impact on my life", said Capel.

Capel was not implicated in the investigation and found a landing spot at his alma mater.

The Oklahoma Sooners took on Capel next in the 06-07 season. He served as one of the top recruiters at Duke and helped the Blue Devils land several high-profile prospects, including several members of the 2015 team that won the national title. The Panthers have missed postseason play in each of the past two seasons, but have reached the NCAA Tournament in 13 of the past 20 seasons overall. Capel also signed freshman forward and ACC Player of the Year Marvin Bagley III last year.


Duke's season ended Sunday with a loss to top-seeded Kansas in the Midwest Region final.

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