Oklahoma fires Jeff Capel after 2 losing seasons

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“We’re responding to any kind of questions we may receive from them,” Castiglione said.

He added that he’s “not aware of any” questions currently pending.

“At this stage, it’s their timetable, not ours,” Castiglione said. “We’d like for it to be completed, of course, but we don’t have any way to predict.”

Capel, a former Duke guard who was an up-and-coming coach at Virginia Commonwealth, was hired by Castiglione in 2006 after Sampson left to take over at Indiana. The Sooners missed out on the postseason in his first year at the helm, but then made it back to the NCAA tournament with Griffin the next two seasons.

He got a $300,000 raise after the first postseason run and a $450,000 bump after the second, plus a slew of incentives aimed at keeping him in Norman long term.

“I know people like to look in the rearview mirror and speculate or second-guess. It happens,” Castiglione said of Capel’s hiring. “I had every reason to believe that the choice then was going to be the best for the University of Oklahoma, and the only thing I regret now is it didn’t work out.”

Castiglione provided no specifics on what he was looking for in Capel’s replacement, leaving the door open for him to hire another young coach, an assistant or even a coach from a women’s team.

“We understand some of the things that are at play right now and affecting our ability to reach a coach or have a conversation with a candidate _ the NCAA tournament, as an example,” Castiglione said. “We don’t want to compromise our ability to find the best coach for our program by setting up or restricting ourselves through a timetable.”

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