With the team in peril after a awful season, more bad news hit the Oklahoma program as reports that McDonald's All-American Tiny Gallon had received impermissible benefits and that Capel's assistant, Oronde Taliaferro, had resigned.
Earlier today, 247 Sports reported that Capel has agreed on a deal to become the next head coach at Pittsburgh, taking his ability to recruit with him.
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 has been associate head coach at Duke since 2011, and he was easy to see a candidate to eventually succeed Mike Krzyzewski.
He also served as head coach at Virginia Commonwealth, going 79-41 in four seasons with the Rams.
It's been almost three weeks since Pitt fired coach Kevin Stallings, after a winless campaign in the ACC made it inevitable.
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The Panthers were the only team in Division I to go winless in conference play and at times, Pitt and its freshmen-laden roster lost eight ACC games by more than 20 points.
Capel has filled in for Krzyzewski at least once in each of the past three years, including a seven-game stint during the 2016-17 season while the Hall of Famer had surgery to have a fragment of a herniated disk removed from his back. Capel owns a 175-110 record as a head coach between his time at VCU and Oklahoma.
Duke went 4-3 under Capel, who also led the Blue Devils to single victories at Georgia Tech in 2015-16 and against Wake Forest this year while Krzyzewski was ill.
Capel was not implicated in the investigation and found a landing spot at his alma mater. That would be his experience recruiting in the ACC. Capel has been called Duke's most important recruiter, which is quite a title for a program that has landed four 5-star prospects in each of the last four years. I'm not sure what makes Capel such a solid recruiter but this definitely makes an impact on both Duke and Kentucky's future recruiting.
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.