Pittsburgh has found its new basketball coach; according to a report from Evan Daniels of 247 Sports, Jeff Capel will run the Pitt program.
The move will be officially announced on Wednesday, per Daniels. The deal is for a reported seven years, too.
Capel, the associate head coach at Duke, has been on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff since May 2011. Previously, Capel coached at VCU (2002-06, 79 wins) and Oklahoma (2006-11, 83 wins). In recent years, the former Duke guard (1993-97) is credited for a lot of the program’s rise as a one-and-done power, too.
(There was some belief, around the Duke program, that Capel would one day succeed Coach K is Duke’s head coach.)
Recently, nine Pitt players asked for and were granted their releases. This is now something to monitor, too.
After trying and failing to land Dan Hurley, who accepted the UConn job, Pitt moved onto other candidates. In fact, Capel’s colleague at Duke, assistant Jon Scheyer, churned up in that rumor mill, amid conflicting reports.