In full disclosure, I’m throwing this name out there for the Georgia Tech job only because of his sudden availability and not because of any inside information: Jeff Capel.
Oklahoma has confirmed multiple reports that it has fired Capel as its basketball coach. It’s a stunning development for a coach who once was considered one of the sport’s rising stars and only two years ago had his team within one victory of the Final Four.
Here’s the breakdown on Capel:
– He knows the ACC as a North Carolina native and a standout guard at Duke.
– He has a strong coaching background at Old Dominion (as assistant); VCU (four straight winning seasons including 23-8 with an NCAA berth in 2004); and Oklahoma (two NCAA berths in his first three years, including making it to the Elite Eight in 2009).
– He was believed to be the top candidate at Georgia two years ago but apparently didn’t reciprocate the interest to former athletic director Damon Evans. Georgia wound up hiring Mark Fox.
– Capel received a contract extension two years ago that runs through 2014 and paid him a salary in the $1.05 million to $1.5 million, depending on media reports. The Oklahoman is reporting he will receive a $2 million to $3 million buyout. Bottom line: He may be too expensive for Georgia Tech’s budget.
– Since reaching the Elite Eight (with Blake Griffin), the Sooners have gone 27-36 overall and 9-23 in the Big 12 in the last two seasons (without Griffin). So suddenly it has come into question just how good of a coach and recruiter he really is.
– Oklahoma currently is under NCAA investigation regarding improper payments to former player Tiny Gallon. The $3,000 reportedly came from an agent, not anybody associated with the university or a booster.
Capel is a much bigger name than I expect Georgia Tech to hire, but I figured he was worth debating. Any thoughts?
By Jeff Schultz