Will Capel Hire Keep Players From Transferring?

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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.

For Pitt, Capel checks all the major boxes. They fired former head coach Kevin Stallings, who spent two seasons in charge of the program, following the ACC Tournament after a season in which they went 8-24 and were winless in conference play. Capel led the Sooners to a 30-6 record in the 2008-09 season but was sacked after OU went just 14-18 two years later. He wasn't able to re-create that success after Blake Griffin left, which is a big part of why his Oklahoma tenure ended in 2011. Pitt and many other schools would have jumped at the chance to hire Bennett if he was available this offseason.

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

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.

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

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"Jeff Capel is one of the most dynamic coaches in the country", Krzyzewski said.

"Duke University and Coach K have had a profound impact on my life", said Capel. With Syracuse, Orange coach-in-waiting Mike Hopkins left for Washington at almost the same time Jim Boeheim signed a 3-year contract extension. Capel is regarded as one of the nation's top recruiters and it will be interesting to see if he can continue these feats without Krzyzewski as his head coach.

Acting coach Jeff Capel of the Duke Blue Devils.

He has already been recruiting in the ACC for the past seven years and will likely be just smooth sailing into his new head coaching opportunity.

Capel will take over Kevin Stallings, who was sacked earlier this month.

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