Pittsburgh hiring Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel

Pittsburgh hiring Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel

"Coach Capel is a high-energy leader committed to being a part of our university and the city of Pittsburgh", Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke said.

Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel III has agreed to be the next head coach of Pittsburgh, according to four sources close the basketball programs at Duke and Pitt. He was sacked in 2011 after Oklahoma went 27-36 over his final two seasons, the program's first back-to-back losing campaigns in more than 40 years, and joined Mike Krzyzewski's coaching staff at Duke, Capel's alma mater.

Coach K and Duke have definitely taken over one and done recruiting the last couple of years but assistant Jeff Capel was the primary reason the Blue Devils were stealing top talent from Kentucky.

He will start by trying to convince some of the players who were granted their transfer releases after the news of former head coach Kevin Stallings' firing.

Pitt finished this season with a 8-24 record and 0-18 in ACC play. Prior to coaching at Duke, Capel was a collegiate head coach for nine years. "I have learned so much about myself, first as a player and then as a coach but most importantly as a man during my time in Durham".

"Pitt has a great tradition of success and I look forward to putting together a staff and team that will enable us to build on that tradition", Capel said in a Pitt press release announcing his hiring Tuesday afternoon.

Capel has filled in for Krzyzewski at least once in each of the past three years, including a seven-game stint during the 2016-17 season while the Hall of Famer had surgery to have a fragment of a herniated disk removed from his back. Capel is regarded as one of the nation's top recruiters and it will be interesting to see if he can continue these feats without Krzyzewski as his head coach.

Oklahoma lured Capel to a Power Five conference in 2006.

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

Capel graduated from Duke in 1997 after a distinguished career, including an appearance in the 1994 National Championship game.

The Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Duke Blue Devils 85-81 in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at CenturyLink Center on Sunday. For now, they'll settle for something resembling a competitive team after the worst season in the program's 113-year history.

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