I suppose it might be more accurate to say that Jeff Capel was actually the first casualty of the Jeff Capel firing, but that probably goes without saying. So the first, and sadly expected, shoe to drop in the aftermath of Capel's firing is the decision of top OU recruit, point guard Cezar Guerrero. Unfortunately, news broke Monday night that Guerrero had decided to go with Travis Ford and Oklahoma State. Guerrero had narrowed it down to a list of three teams; OU, OSU, and Kansas, but made the decision Monday to go with the Cowboys.
"Cezar developed a great relationship with Coach Ford, who is a former point guard," said Guerrero's travel team coach Dinos Trigonis of the Belmont Shores basketball club. "Also LeBryan Nashgoing there means a great piece will be there. And Cezar knows of J.P. Olukemithrough our program. They came close to making the tournament this year, and Cezar wants to help them get there."
Trigonis also mentioned the impact that the firing of Jeff Capel had on pushing Guerrero to the other major in-state school.
This is just the salt in the wound OU fans did not need after going through Monday's announcement that Capel had been let go. Surely OSU fan will have plenty to say and understandably so as they appear to be putting together an outstanding incoming class. Now whether or not Ford can keep them on the team and off the Stoolwater police blotter is another story entirely.
Moving on, this was the one "big time" recruit OU was still in on and now with no coach it looks like OU will again fail to bring any significant talent into the program. It is imperative Joe C. make a decision ASAP and more importantly that it is the right one for the long term benefit of this basketball program.