Capel replaces Kevin Stallings, who was sacked earlier this month after two seasons. Capel will need it, taking over a team that finished 8-24 and 0-18 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"Pitt has a great tradition of success and I look forward to putting together a staff and team that will enable us to build on that tradition", Capel said in a Pitt press release announcing his hiring Tuesday afternoon. Prior to coming to Durham, Capel was head coach at Oklahoma from 2006-11. At Oklahoma, Capel led the Sooners to two NCAA tournament appearances, including an Elite Eight run in 2009 with Blake Griffin. At VCU, he led the Rams back to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 for the first time in almost a decade. This likely signifies coach Mike Krzyzewski will be staying on as head coach for the foreseeable future. He is the son of Jeff Capel II, who had a distinguished coaching career in the National Basketball Association with the Charlotte Bobcats (2004-11) and Philadelphia 76ers (2011-13), as well as in the college ranks at Wake Forest (1986-89), Fayetteville State (1989-93), North Carolina A&T (1993-94) and Old Dominion (1994-2001).
Duke can't be pleased with losing one of its top recruiters, but the Blue Devils can find a silver lining in Capel's departure.
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Capel was not implicated on the violations from Taliaferro.
Capel has worked at Duke since 2011, and has been a big part of some of the Blue Devils' biggest recruiting classes since that time. Last year, Wilson-Frame averaged 13 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in his first Division I season after transferring from Northwest Florida State junior college.
Pitt is still several years away from thinking about titles, but the Panthers appear to have the right coach to get them back to competing in the ACC.
The immediate expectations won't be quite as high at Pitt.