On Tuesday reports circulated that Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel is expected to be hired as Pittsburgh's new head men's basketball coach. "Coach Capel is a high-energy leader committed to being a part of our university and the city of Pittsburgh". Capel will need it, taking over a team that finished 8-24 and 0-18 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
His critics will say he only advanced in the NCAA Tournament once, which is true.
"We are excited to announce Jeff Capel as our head men's basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh", said university Athletic Director Heather Lyke.
Jeff Capel led Duke to two ACC road wins during the 2016-17 season, filling in for Mike Krzyzewski - no small feat. He was 162-110 as a head coach.
There's nowhere to go but up.
Has served as an assistant coach at Duke since 2011.
Capel previously coached the VCU Rams and the Oklahoma Sooners before heading back to Duke. It didn't take him long to find success.
Oklahoma lured Capel to a Power Five conference in 2006. Things went south at the end of Capel's tenure at Oklahoma, as the Sooners went 27-36 and missed the NCAA Tournament in two straight seasons.
Capel's tenure with the Sooners ended when he was sacked in March 2011 as part of the fallout from an NCAA investigation that discovered former Oklahoma assistant Oronde Taliiaferro broke NCAA rules by failing to report that a player had received an impermissible extra benefit and by lying to investigators. Capel was not implicated in the NCAA's findings.
Capel has also played a prominent role with USA Basketball as a member of Krzyzewski's staff with the U.S. National Team and as head coach of the gold-medal winning USA team at the 2010 FIBA Americas Championship.
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. For now, they'll settle for something resembling a competitive team after the worst season in the program's 113-year history.