Jeff Capel Fired: Did Oklahoma Jump the Gun in Letting Capel Go?
Firing Sooners Head Coach A Sign Of Game's Changing Times
Jeff Capel, the 36-year-old former "prodigy" was fired from his post as head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners basketball team.
Capel replaced Kelvin Sampson back in 2006 and was off to a fine start, leading the Sooners to a 30-6 record and a berth in the Elite Eight by his third season.
But since then, he's had two sub-.500 seasons and went 9-23 in conference play.
It's understandable that the Sooners administration and their fan base was disappointed or even angered by the recent downturn. But if they let him go purely because of the recent won-loss record, it was a mistake.
For one, Capel has a tremendous resume that should help keep the recruiting to Norman remain solid for years to come. Not only is he a Mike Krzyzewski protege, but he was an outstanding player (not just a bench warmer) and should command additional respect from recruits and players alike.
But the Big XII is one of the most competitive conferences in the nation: a pair of losing seasons shouldn't be enough to cost a coach--especially one who started with such promise--to lose his job.
Still, the dismissal of Capel shouldn't be too surprising. In today's college basketball landscape, there is absolutely no evidence patience: not by the players, not by the coaches, not by the fans, and not by the administration/boosters.
In a sport where one-and-dones are a rampant part of the game, longevity and loyalty are concepts that will continue to fade away.
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