Pittsburgh Has Reportedly Hired Top Duke Assistant Jeff Capel As Head Coach

Pittsburgh Has Reportedly Hired Top Duke Assistant Jeff Capel As Head Coach

In a stunning bit of news late Tuesday morning, several media outlets began to report that Duke's chief assistant coach, Jeff Capel, will sign a 7-year contract to become the new head coach at Pittsburgh.

The University of Pittsburgh has reportedly found their new men's basketball coach.

Capel, 43, has worked under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke for the past seven seasons, establishing himself as one of the best recruiters in college basketball. Capel also played for Coach K at Duke, before starting his coaching career as an assistant at Old Dominion in 2000.

In his two previous stops, Capel went 162-110 over nine seasons at Oklahoma and VCU, leading the Sooners to the Elite Eight in 2009. After missing the NCAA Tournament for the past two seasons, Capel will likely shoot more for an NIT appearance I the next few years before making a leap-and-bounds type move towards the big dance. The Panthers were the only Division I team in the country not to win a conference game this season, going 0-18 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 8-24 overall.

Duke can't be pleased with losing one of its top recruiters, but the Blue Devils can find a silver lining in Capel's departure. "The values I have learned from Coach K, his family and his teams will continue to have a significant impact on my career as I look to build on a great tradition here at Pitt". Then at Oklahoma, he took the Sooners to back-to-back tournament bids in 2008 and 2009.

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But the extended family waited until Thursday night to call authorities in case the Sharps had problems with their flight. State Department said: "We are able to confirm the deaths of four U.S. citizens in Akumal, Mexico ".

Capel has also played a prominent role with USA Basketball as a member of Krzyzewski's staff with the U.S. National Team and as head coach of the gold-medal winning USA team at the 2010 FIBA Americas Championship.

Capel was not implicated on the violations from Taliaferro.

The Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Duke Blue Devils 85-81 in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at CenturyLink Center on Sunday.

The immediate expectations won't be quite as high at Pitt.

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