Posted on: May 8, 2011 10:23 am

Sources: Capel to return to Duke as assistant

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.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 1, 2011 2:36 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 2:57 pm

Report: Kruger to be next OU coach

UNLV's Lon Kruger will be named Oklahoma's next men's basketball coach, according to the Oklahoman.

The newspaper reported Friday afternoon that Kruger and OU have agreed in principle on a contract worth more than $2 million annually after running a headline Thursday night that read "Scratch off Bruce Weber, Lon Kruger as OU candidates." Reached by phone, Kruger told CBSSports.com that he had not yet seen the report. When told what it said, he declined comment.

Kruger, 58, has taken UNLV to four NCAA tournaments in seven seasons.

He is a native of Kansas.

Oklahoma fired Jeff Capel last month.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 29, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 3:01 pm

Source: Memphis and Pastner agree to extension

Memphis officials have reached a deal on a five-year contract extension for men's basketball coach Josh Pastner, a source told CBSSports.com early Tuesday.

The school subsequently confirmed the CBSSports.com report.

Pastner's new contract is worth $1.7 million annually.

"We are delighted that Coach Pastner has accepted our contract offer and will remain as our basketball coach for years to come,” said Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson. “He is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting young coaches in the country, and we anticipate continued growth for our basketball program."

Pastner had been linked to openings at N.C. State, Missouri and Oklahoma in recent days. He just took Memphis to the NCAA tournament and should return a preseason Top 25 team next season headlined by Will Barton, Joe Jackson, Tarik Black and incoming freshman Adonis Thomas, a McDonald's All-American from Melrose High in Memphis

"I have stated numerous times that the Memphis basketball job is one of the top five jobs in the country,” Pastner said. “I am most appreciative of the opportunity and understand the responsibility I was presented by R.C. Johnson to coach this team. We have everything we need to be successful and build championship caliber teams. From a modern arena, to a great practice facility, to one of the strongest fan bases in the nation, to an outstanding recruiting area, Tiger basketball is one of the top five programs in the country and should always remain at that elite level."

Pastner is 49-20 in two years with the Tigers.

He replaced John Calipari in April 2009.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 14, 2011 1:01 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 1:05 pm

Source: OU fires Capel

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.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:42 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 12:39 am

Wednesday Wrap-up

Baylor was bad.

The St. John's-Rutgers officials were worse.

Here's Wednesday's Wrap-up to recap the day in college basketball.

Teams that punched tickets: Long Island and Northern Colorado each earned automatic bids to the NCAA tournament on Wednesday. That means 13 of the 68 spots in the field are now claimed.

Best game: The contest was terrific but the officiating at the end of St. John's' 65-63 win over Rutgers in the second round of the Big East tournament was embarrassing and inexcusable, and that's putting it nicely. Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton somehow missed St. John's senior Justin Brownlee travel and then step out of bounds with 1.7 seconds left. By doing so, they committed what Big East commissioner John Marinatto later acknowledged were "two separate officiating errors" that cost Rutgers a chance to tie or win at the buzzer. Those "two separate officiating errors" should also cost Burr, Higgins and Walton future assignments.

Other best game: Long Island's 85-82 win over Robert Morris in the title game of the Northeast tournament represented everything that makes small-conference basketball great. It was a bunch of players most folks have never heard of competing in front of a rowdy crowd in a rare national television appearance with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line, and it ended with a court-storming. Jamal Olasewere's career-high 31 points turned him into a name worth remembering heading into next week. That's when the Blackbirds will play in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997.

Team whose dream remained alive: Colorado was down six with less than three minutes to play in a potential bubble-bursting game. Then Alec Burks made a jumper, sparked a comeback and led the Buffaloes to a 77-75 win over Iowa State in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. Burks got 25 of his 29 points in the final 17 minutes. It was a performance that kept Colorado's quest to make the NCAA tournament intact, though the Buffaloes probably need a win over Kansas State in Thursday's quarterfinals to feel reasonably good about their at-large chances.

Team whose dream was crushed: Nebraska entered Wednesday on the bubble thanks to a resume that included wins over Texas, Texas A&M and Missouri, and just three losses outside of the top 100 of the RPI. But the Huskers still needed to do work, everybody agreed. And now the Huskers are off the bubble, everybody agrees, thanks to a 53-52 loss to Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.

Performance I hope you witnessed: I voted Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough the Big East's Player of the Year. So I can't join those who think Connecticut's Kemba Walker was slighted for that award because I'll never give Player of the Year honors to somebody whose team finishes in the bottom half of a league. That said, it's baffling that Walker wasn't a unanimous all-league selection, and he showed why in the Huskies' 79-62 win over the Chris Wright-less Georgetown Hoyas in the second round of the Big East tournament. Walker was 10-of-18 from the field. He finished with 28 points. "I think he's the best player in the country," said UConn coach Jim Calhoun. "That should be more important."

Performance I hope you missed: UCF's 75-60 loss to East Carolina means the Knights, in a span of three months, transformed from a nationally ranked team with non-league wins over Florida and Miami into a nationally unranked team that was bounced in the first round of its league tournament. Marcus Jordan was 1-of-9 from the field with four turnovers against the Pirates. It was a fitting ending to a strange season.

Three other things worth noting

1. Baylor's bad day that started with the announcement that star freshman Perry Jones has been suspended because of a violation of NCAA rules ended with an 84-67 loss to Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. So the Bears' season began with their best guard (LaceDarius Dunn) suspended and it will end with their best big (Jones) suspended. It'll also end in the NIT, most likely.

2. Marquette's 67-61 win over West Virginia in the second round of the Big East tournament ensured the Golden Eagles won't have to spend Selection Sunday worrying whether they're in or out. They're in. Safely. Regardless of what happens Thursday against Louisville.

3. Manhattan fired Barry "Slice" Rohrssen on Wednesday while Northern Illinois fired Ricardo Patton. There will be more firings Thursday, I'm certain. It's that time of the year, you know?

Final thought: Texas Tech announced early this week that Pat Knight won't return next season.

Lots of possible replacments have been mentioned.

I'd hire Billy Gillispie.

Yes, I know Gillispie has had issues, and those must be addressed. But don't let two weird years at Kentucky make you forget that he was considered among the nation's best and hottest coaches just four years ago, and that he earned that reputation by winning at two Texas schools (UTEP and Texas A&M).  At Kentucky, Gillispie was out of his element, and he didn't handle it well. A subsequent drinking-and-driving arrest further damaged his reputation, but it should be noted that he's stayed free of negative headlines for the past 18 months. That's not everything. But it's something.

Bottom line, Gillispie's pros outweigh his cons at a place like Texas Tech.

I bet he would win there if given the chance.
Posted on: May 10, 2010 11:06 am
Edited on: May 10, 2010 11:07 am

OU's Cade Davis could front Poison (if necessary)

Oklahoma basketball players Cade Davis and Beau Gerber did their best version of Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" at the athletics department's annual talent show, and it was caught on tape because, honestly, what's not caught on tape (though it's not really tape) these days?

All things considered, not bad.

Click this link to check out the performance.

(Note: CBSSports.com is trying to confirm that the song was dedicated to Willie Warren, Tiny Gallon and Tommy Mason-Griffin.)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 24, 2010 11:31 am

Oklahoma roster in state of uncertainty

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.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 18, 2010 9:43 am
Edited on: March 18, 2010 8:08 pm

Report: OU's Gallon took money from agent

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.
Category: NCAAB
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