Posted on: May 8, 2011 10:23 am
Jeff Capel won't be unemployed for long.
The recently fired Oklahoma coach will, barring a change of plans, join Mike Krzyzewski's staff at Duke as a full-time assistant in time for next season, multiple sources have told CBSSports.com. One of the sources added that current Blue Devil assistant Nate James is expected to be reassigned, meaning Krzyzewski's staff will consist of Chris Collins, Steve Wojciechowski and Capel.
Capel is a former Duke player who coached Oklahoma the past five seasons. The 36 year-old North Carolina native is responsible for luring Blake Griffin into the OU program and taking the Sooners to the Elite Eight in 2009. He was fired after last season when OU finished 5-11 in the Big 12.
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:01 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 1:05 pm
Oklahoma has fired Jeff Capel as its basketball coach, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Monday.
The school is expected to announce the change soon.
Capel coached Oklahoma for five seasons and took the Sooners to the Elite Eight two years ago with Blake Griffin. But Capel has gone 9-23 in the Big 12 the past two years and dealt with off-the-court issues stemming from a financial advisor giving money to Tiny Gallon's family before the McDonald's All-American enrolled at OU. Gallon turned pro after one season with the Sooners.
Capel spent four seasons at VCU before getting the Oklahoma job.
He was Kelvin Sampson's replacement at OU.
Posted on: March 24, 2010 11:31 am
Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel confirmed Wednesday that freshman point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin is leaving school after one season to pursue a professional career.
"Tommy visited with his family over spring break last week, and he informed me that he is going to pursue a professional basketball career," Capel said. I thank him for his contributions this season and wish him success."
Mason-Griffin averaged 14.1 points and 5.0 assists in 35.7 minutes per game this season. He's projected as a second-round pick at best, and it's possible the Houston native could go undrafted. In another development, Capel said sophomore Ray Willis is transferring out of the program and that it remains unclear whether sophomore Willie Warren will enter the NBA Draft, though many expect Warren to test the waters and leave school if he's a projected first-round pick. Meantime, most believe Keith "Tiny" Gallon will also enter the NBA Draft, but the freshman forward has not announced those plans yet.
Posted on: March 18, 2010 9:43 am
Edited on: March 18, 2010 8:08 pm
Oklahoma freshman Keith "Tiny" Gallon received a $3,000 wire transfer from a sports agent before the start of the season, according to a TMZ.com story filed early Thursday.
TMZ.com reported it has in its possession a document showing the transfer came from Jeffrey Hausinger (a Merril Lynch financial adviser who represents professional athletes) and was deposited into an account held by Gallon and his mother, Sylvia Wright. TMZ.com did not publish the document.
Gallon averaged 10.3 points and 7.9 rebounds this season. He was suspended for the Feb. 13 game against Oklahoma State for undisclosed reasons. CBSSports.com, at the time, asked OU coach Jeff Capel if the suspension was because of possible dealings with an agent. Capel said it was not.
An attempt to reach Capel early Thursday was unsuccessful.
Posted on: November 21, 2009 11:00 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2009 11:22 pm
The best thing about getting the VCU job as your first job is that it's the VCU job.
It's proved to be a springboard to bigger and better things.
A culture of winning exists around the program.
You're set up to be successful.
But all those things could also be interpreted as bad things for Shaka Smart, because -- as I detailed in a column back in June -- there's nothing simple about being a first-time head coach inheriting a team losing the best player in school history. With Eric Maynor in the NBA, that was the situation Smart walked into, and he knew it. But he also knew the VCU fanbase -- having just watched Jeff Capel and Anthony Grant win consistently -- wouldn't be interested in hearing any excuses for a possible, if not probable, slow start.
"The fans don't care about that," Smart told me this summer, about a month after he was hired away from Billy Donovan's staff at Florida, just like Grant before him. "Their deal is: 'Hey, this guy before you was winning, and we brought you in here to do the same or more.'"
Smart did "the same or more" Saturday night.
His third game as a head coach resulted in an 82-69 win over the 17th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners coached by Capel, whose contract at VCU required him to return to the Siegel Center as a visitor if he ever left for another job. Capel did indeed leave for another job after the 2005-06 season; he replaced Kelvin Sampson at OU. The byproduct (because of the contract) was the Sooners having to serve as the first ranked opponent to ever enter the Siegel Center.
They exited double-digit losers.
Willie Warren missed 11 of 14 shots, including all eight 3-point attempts. The CBSSports.com Preseason First Team All-American battled cramps in the second half, finished with eight points and six turnovers, then sat on the bench with a towel draped over his head and watched the VCU students storm the court and celebrate. Off to the side, Smart mostly remained calm and cool. It was a big win, sure. But as he told me when he took the job, this is what he was brought to VCU to do -- to be successful on a relevant level, to maintain a national profile for the Rams, to win big games just like his predecessors, and maybe even beat one of them, if possible.
Posted on: September 20, 2009 6:27 pm
Jeff Capel's quest to establish Oklahoma as a perennial Big 12 power on the same level as Texas and Kansas continued Sunday when Cameron Clark committed to the Sooners after a weekend visit to campus.
"It just felt right," Clark told Scout.com's Dave Telep. "It felt like the right situation to be in; that was the main thing."
Scout.com ranks Clark as the 30th-best prospect in the Class of 2010.
He's a 6-foot-6 wing from Texas who chose OU over Oklahoma State and Marquette.
Clark's commitment ensures Capel will sign a Top 30 prospect for the fourth straight year. He got Blake Griffin (No. 16) from the Class of 2007, Willie Warren (No. 19) from the Class of 2008, and Keith Gallon (No. 11) and Tommy Mason-Griffin (No. 27) from the Class of 2009 before landing Clark (No. 30) from the Class of 2010.
Fifteen of Scout.com's Top 30 prospects from the Class of 2010 are now off the board.
The top two prospects -- Harrison Barnes of Iowa and Brandon Knight of Florida -- remain uncommitted.
Posted on: April 3, 2009 11:54 am
DETROIT -- Jeff Capel is on the verge of signing a more lucrative extension with Oklahoma, a source told CBSSports.com on Friday morning. Details of the deal are unclear, but a source said it should be done later Friday, and that an official announcement is expected sometime this weekend, if not sooner.
Posted on: March 16, 2009 2:55 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2009 3:50 pm
NEW YORK -- Virginia fired Dave Leitao on Monday, opening the door for the school to possibly make a run at Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel, sources told CBSSports.com.
Another possible candidate beyond Capel should be Xavier's Sean Miller.
Miller has the Musketeers in the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years.
Another possible candidate beyond Capel should be Xavier's Sean Miller. Miller has the Musketeers in the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years.