Jeff Capel has been the head coach of the men's basketball program since 2006. In his first season, his team went 16-15 overall and 6-10 in conference. Not exactly the numbers we are looking for but it was Capel's first year and he did have a winning record. In his entire tenure, Capel is 82-51 giving him a .616 winning percentage overall and .500 in conference and most of these numbers were because of Blake Griffin deciding to play two seasons for Capel. Are these numbers acceptable for a head coach to get paid $1.05 million a year at what some people have called "one of the best programs in the nation"?
Here is a look at Capel's head coaching records, post-season results, and schools.
|VCU (Colonial Athletic Association) (2002–2006)|
|2003–2004||VCU||23–8||14–4||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|2004–2005||VCU||19–13||13–5||T-2nd||NIT Opening Round|
|Oklahoma (Big 12 Conference) (2006–present)|
|2007–2008||Oklahoma||23–12||9–7||T-4th||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2008–2009||Oklahoma||30–6||13–3||2nd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|Oklahoma:||82–51 (.617)||32–32 (.500)|
Over the past few years Oklahoma's overall talent has gone up. You can bet that this is a direct result of Capel's influence on the program but with the talent, we have also seen a load of trouble and disappointment. I know that I am not satisfied with the current situation of the Oklahoma Men's Basketball program but let's think for just a second.
A lot of people are calling for Capel's head right now (and I am one of them so in no way am I trying to defend him and his "success") but let's take a rational look at the situation shall we? As I mentioned before, the talent level has gone up during Capel's tenure at OU as well as out of state recruits. These, in my book, are positives for Capel. Another positive for me is that it appears that Capel comes into each game with a well thought out game plan (in other words, I think Capel is a good X's and O's coach). However, when it comes down to actual game time coaching, I think Capel is one of the worst. Capel also, in my opinion, does not know how to handle the attitude that comes with recruiting the talent he wants to recruit which can be backed up by players like Warren, TMG, Gallon, etc. Capel had assembled a team with three McDonald's All-Americans with a preseason #16 ranking and finished 13-18 on the season. The only shining moment for Capel recruiting wise is Blake Griffin (pretty much the only reason for the winning seasons OU has had in recent years) who I do not credit Capel for. The University took a shot at an "unproven" coach and this time, it failed! We must remember that Capel was taking over a program with the longest current post-season tournament appearance streak (at the time he took the job). But I am for one am not sure that I would willingly trade Jeff Capel for another unproven coach. No one is sitting back and waiting for this Oklahoma job to open up, so I will be content with Capel till his contract runs out and we can properly interview and think through different candidates.
How many more years (Capel is in contract till 2014) does the university give Capel until they sever ties and move on?
End of This Season (71 votes)
1 year (47 votes)
2 years (13 votes)
End of Contract (28 votes)
159 total votes