Pitt has found its new men's basketball coach.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant coach Jeff Capel. Evan Daniels of 247Sports reported it's a 7-year deal for the now-former Blue Devils coach, giving him ample job security.
Capel has proven he can win in two places, his teams going 79-41 in four seasons at Virginia Commonwealth with a trip to the NCAA Tournament before he spent five seasons at Oklahoma, where the Sooners went 83-69 with two tournament appearances. Pittsburgh went 8-24 this past season and 0-18 in ACC play. This is Capel's third head coaching stint of his career.
Athletic director Heather Lyke called Capel a "high-energy leader". Capel will need that strong recruiting acumen at Pitt, who has struggled to bring in highly regarded prospects since leaving the Big East and a lot of players intend to leave the program now.
"Duke University and Coach K have had a profound impact on my life", said Capel.
The 43-year-old is lauded for his recruiting work with the Blue Devils, having served as the top recruiter on the team's staff.
The Panthers were the only team in Division I to go winless in conference play and at times, Pitt and its freshmen-laden roster lost eight ACC games by more than 20 points. Capel was not implicated by the NCAA in that investigation.
The Oklahoma Sooners took on Capel next in the 06-07 season. With Syracuse, Orange coach-in-waiting Mike Hopkins left for Washington at almost the same time Jim Boeheim signed a 3-year contract extension.
The immediate expectations won't be quite as high at Pitt.
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. For now, they'll settle for something resembling a competitive team after the worst season in the program's 113-year history.