Appalachian State fires head coach Jason Capel

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Appalachian State coach Jason Capel was fired after going 53-70 in four seasons in Boone, N.C. (USATSI)

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Appalachian State has fired head coach Jason Capel.

Capel spent four seasons at the helm of the Mountaineers, going 53-70 and not reaching the NCAA Tournament. This season was the worst under Capel, as Appalachian State went 9-21 overall, 5-11 in the Southern Conference. He was also an assistant coach in Boone, N.C. for one season before getting the head job.

“As we enter the Sun Belt Conference next season, we have decided to do so with new leadership for our men's basketball program,” athletic director Charlie Cobb said in a statement. “I sincerely thank Coach Capel for his effort and dedication to Appalachian State over the last five years. He is a first-class person and has a bright professional future ahead of him. I wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

Expect Murray State assistant Matt McMahon to be mentioned with this vacancy, as he was an assistant at App State for 10 seasons before moving to UNCW and Murray State.

Another thing to watch is 2014 point guard Devonte Graham. He is currently signed to play at Appalachian State, but has been requesting a release from his letter of intent for several months. Capel had constantly refused, but a new head coach could release him. Graham would be one of the best prospects available if he indeed hits the open market.

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