Pitt To Hire Duke Assistant Basketball Coach Jeff Capel

Pitt hires Duke assistant Capel as coach

Pitt hires Duke assistant Capel as coach

Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel has agreed to be the next head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, according to ESPN.

For Pitt, Capel checks all the major boxes. "Coach Capel is a high-energy leader committed to being a part of our university and the city of Pittsburgh". That came in 2009, when he led Oklahoma to the Elite Eight.

Capel's tenure with the Sooners ended when he was sacked in March 2011 as part of the fallout from an NCAA investigation that discovered former Oklahoma assistant Oronde Taliiaferro broke NCAA rules by failing to report that a player had received an impermissible extra benefit and by lying to investigators.

Capel is credited with some of the team's recent recruiting successes, as the Blue Devils have landed the No. 1 class in four of the past five season.

That's worth repeating, Capel and Duke has successfully recruited four 5-star players EACH year since 2015.

Now, comparing recruiting at Duke and Pitt is a little like contrasting apples and oranges, but still, Capel clearly connects with high school kids and knows the ACC landscape. "He possesses championship-level experience as both a head and assistant coach, as well as distinct knowledge of the (ACC) that will benefit Pitt immediately".

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Whyte remains determined to avenge his stoppage loss to Joshua in December 2015 and wants to share a trilogy with his arch rival. Whyte connected with a pulverizing left hook on a badly wounded Browne, who had been dominated up to that point.

The Panthers reached the NCAAs 11 times in 13 seasons under Dixon.

Capel has been the Pitt coach for a few hours, and his impact is essentially already being felt in recruiting.

"Duke University and Coach K have had a profound impact on my life", Capel said.

Hours after reports that two potential hires - St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt and Buffalo coach Nate Oates - were out of the running, reports from various sources pointed to Capel as the next coach of the Panthers.

Although never confirmed, Capel was speculated to be the coach in waiting behind Coach K, but similar to what happened at Syracuse last spring, Capel's departure could mean he knows Krzyzewski isn't planning to retire anytime soon. His opening stint with the Rams went well, especially for being the youngest head coach at the time, 27-years-old.

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