Tag:Jeff Capel
Posted on: February 25, 2009 11:14 pm

Griffin still waiting to be cleared

Blake Griffin met with doctors again Wednesday and even shot a little, but the Oklahoma star still has not been cleared to return to contact drills or live action, OU coach Jeff Capel told CBSSports.com late Wednesday night.

"Right now we still have no clue (if he'll play Saturday against Texas Tech)," Capel said by phone. "It takes time, and we're not going to do anything to rush it. We want him to be OK before he plays again or before we even put him in a position to practice with us again."

Griffin suffered a concussion in the first half of Saturday's loss at Texas, then missed Monday's loss at Kansas that dropped the Sooners' record to 25-3 overall, 11-2 in the Big 12. The 6-foot-10 sophomore is the overwhelming favorite to be the National Player of the Year and top pick in June's NBA Draft, but for now he's still sidelined with lingering effects from a freak mishap.

"He's getting better," Capel said. "But it's a slow process, and we don't want to speed it up."

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 8, 2008 12:10 pm

Dear Gary (on all my new Oklahoma friends)

Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: You just got about a half-million new friends. That was a great article. Thanks.

-- Roger

A half-million?


That note came after Saturday's column from Owen Field, where I was on assignment for the Oklahoma-Cincinnati football game. And no, this does not mean I'm changing jobs. It's just that during football season I spend most weekends at football games, basically going wherever our fine football columnist Dennis Dodd doesn't choose to go.

I was at Clemson-Alabama in Week 1.

I was at Cincinnati-Oklahoma in Week 2.

And the best thing about the latest trip was that I got to spend some time with Sooners basketball coach Jeff Capel while I was in Norman, which is why I'll have an Oklahoma basketball column coming later this week. Then I'll head to Notre Dame for Saturday's game against Michigan and in the process catch-up with Luke Harangody and the Irish basketball team. Then I'll head to Tennessee for the Sept. 20 game against Florida, at which time I plan to ask the Vols' new point guard, Bobby Maze, if he'll write a rap about me.

So keep a look out for those things.

And let's see if I can't secure five million new friends by Christmas.

I need them.

Because I've been getting tired of my old friends, anyway.

Posted on: March 28, 2008 10:52 am
Edited on: March 28, 2008 10:57 am

So now what at South Carolina?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Capel's decision to sign an extended contract for more money with Oklahoma took the leading candidate to replace Dave Odom at South Carolina out of the mix. Even worse, it removed a minority candidate from the equation. And if you believe Seth Emerson's recent story in The State (which you should, by the way) then it's clear South Carolina was hoping to fill this position with a minority in order to add diversity to an athletic department that has had just one black head coach in its history.

His name is Curtis Frye.

He's a track and field coach.

And it now appears Frye might remain the only black head coach at the school because South Carolina doesn't seem enamored with any other potential candidates who fit that description outside of VCU's Anthony Grant -- a man unlikely to take a bottom-tier SEC job given how he's arguably the hottest name in the business and a potential candidate for practically anything and everything that is already open or will open elsewhere in the coming weeks.

Miami's Frank Haith and Tulane's Dave Dickerson are the most logical candidates now.

But are either of those guys the guy South Carolina wants?

Multiple industry sources are skeptical. So now most believe this search could evolve into something the school didn't necessarily plan for, which is a broader (not to mention extended) search including candidates it never expected to consider. Among those are Western Kentucky's Darrin Horn, UMass' Travis Ford and Davidson's Bob McKillop. But either way, the point I'm trying to make is that Capel's spurning of South Carolina now has everything being revaluated and the initial plan to add diversity might no longer be the priority it once was.


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