Duke Basketball: Jeff Capel Will Become the Head Coach of Pitt

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Pittsburgh's hard quest to replace fired men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings reportedly ended Tuesday, with multiple reports saying the school plans to hire Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel. The school also interviewed St. Bonaventure Coach Mark Schmidt and Buffalo's Nate Oats, who both elected to remain in their current positions.

Now that Pitt has hired Jeff Capel, the question now turns to which players from last year's team will be returning? Jeff Capel, a former Duke star, coached with the program for seven seasons including four seasons as an associate head coach. He has three NCAA Tournament appearances including taking Oklahoma University to the Elite Eight in 2008. Capel has also wanted to get a coaching job in the ACC for the past several years. He even filled in as head coach when Krzyzewski underwent back surgery during the 2016-17 season, posting a 4-3 record.

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He later jumped to VCU as an assistant coach in 2001 and took over as head coach in 2002.

Needless to say, Capel has a rebuilding project on his hands. Athletic director Heather Lyke fired Stallings on March 8 after two seasons.

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