The University of Pittsburgh has reportedly found their new men's basketball coach.
Mike Krzyzewski certainly has quite the track record of grooming assistants for head coaching jobs (Mike Brey, Tommy Amaker and Steve Wojciechowski all come to mind, and Jeff Capel is back as the No. 2 on Duke's staff after stints leading VCU and Oklahoma).
Coach K and Duke have definitely taken over one and done recruiting the last couple of years but assistant Jeff Capel was the primary reason the Blue Devils were stealing top talent from Kentucky.
It's risky to hire an assistant coach who has been associated with success, without clarity about their role in, or influence on, that success.
"Pittsburgh just made an incredible hire to lead its men's basketball program", Krzyzewski said in a press release. "He possesses championship-level experience as both a head and assistant coach, as well as distinct knowledge of the Atlantic Coast Conference that will benefit Pitt immediately". Capel owns a 175-110 record as a head coach between his time at VCU and Oklahoma. Krzyzewski has not indicated when that will be. "And understand the history".
"Jeff Capel is one of the most dynamic coaches in the country", Krzyzewski said.
Now, comparing recruiting at Duke and Pitt is a little like contrasting apples and oranges, but still, Capel clearly connects with high school kids and knows the ACC landscape.
"On a personal note, I want to thank Jeff for being directly by my side for the past seven years and completely committed to our mission at Duke and with USA Basketball", Krzyzewski said in the release.
Pittsburgh, which fired Stallings after two disastrous years that included an 0-18 record in ACC play this season, reportedly extended an offer to Rhode Island Coach Dan Hurley, who instead took the top job at CT. The Panthers have missed postseason play in each of the past two seasons, but have reached the NCAA Tournament in 13 of the past 20 seasons overall. "I have learned so much about myself, first as a player and then as a coach but most importantly as a man during my time in Durham".