Insider Only Pitt lures Jeff Capel from Duke to become new Mens’ basketball head coach

The University of Pittsburgh will name Duke’s Jeff Capel as their new Mens’ basketball coach at a 12:00 p.m. press conference on Wednesday.

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Final Take: For a coaching search that even Pitt officials weren’t sure where it was headed, Heather Lyke and her staff did very well in adjusting on the go from Plan-A to Plan-B and such.

The primary focus early in the process was seeing if they could lure a high pedigree head coach to Pitt and when that became bright and clear it wasn’t going to happen, the final conclusion of the search shows there wasn’t a panic in making a get anybody hiring like Mark Schmidt would have been.

This was about as good as you could do in landing a top level assistant like Capel from a major program in Duke. With Lyke not willing to entertain Sean Miller despite immense pressure from people financially who matter more than just about anyone at the university, the search in the last week is said to have focused on Capel and Buffalo’s Nate Oats who was a favorite among many, but Oats took himself out of the mix late last week a source says.

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