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Source: OU fires Capel

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 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.
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Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: March 14, 2011 3:08 pm

Source: OU fires Capel

it had to be done......not a very good team along with abysmal attendance sealed his fate...just like Hewitt at GT. There is no excitement in the program, change had to be made

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2011 3:08 pm

Source: OU fires Capel

THIS IS A SERIOUS STATEMENT, even if it won't happen.

How about bringing back Kelvin Sampson, minus the cell phone? Sampson has a knack for identifying B-list talent who are good enough to compete at the D-1 Level and are coachable. These players usually stick around for at least three years, form a solid nucleus and would make Oklahoma a competitive program once again. ONLY Kansas, UNC and Kentucky can continually reload with competitive one-and-done players. Duke gets solid student-athletes who are just as interested in getting a Duke diploma as an NBA contract hence they stay around.


Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:54 pm

Source: OU fires Capel

Jeff Capel, like Travis Ford at Ok. State, is a good coach but both are better suited at a mid-major level schools. OU would be wise to take a look at Billy Gillispie. They need to learn their lesson about jumping for the hot commodity of mid major coaches.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:47 pm

Source: OU fires Capel

OU didn't give him much time to build?  Gotta disagree.  He had 5 years and missed the tourney every year Blake Griffin wasn't on the team.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:41 pm

Source: OU fires Capel

Usually, the OU AD (Joe Castiglione) has someone or a few someones in mind already.  I'm wondering about the following possibilities:  Lon Kruger @ UNLV or the former UCLA and current St. John's coach Steve Lavin.  But I also remember when the AD hired Capel, no one here in Oklahoma had Capel even on their "guess the name of the new OU coach" list.  So, it could be someone flying under the radar or how about Butler's head coach?????????? 

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:31 pm

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A bar connected to a brothel would be a perfect fit for Billy Gillespie.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:30 pm

Source: OU fires Capel

I think where Capel got into trouble was the kind of kid he was looking for.  He just did not put together solid recruiting classes with the commitment mentality.  He is young though and will land somewhere either as an assistant or head coach.  I think the OU job was a big undertaking for him at this stage of his career and it proved to be so.  Though, OU didn't give him much time to build.  that is how it goes anymore though.

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:17 pm

Source: OU fires Capel

Billy Gillispie has GOT to land somewhere. Granted, he wasn't a fit for Kentucky, but Oklahoma and Texas Tech would be perfect fits for him.

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