By Paul Seaver (TheArenaPulse)
Blake Griffin became the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft following the 2008-2009 season and since then Oklahoma has suffered back-to-back losing seasons.
On Monday, the university decided to fire head coach Jeff Capel.
Capel’s tenure in Norman came to an end after five seasons, which include a trip to the Elite 8 in 2009. Capel was 96-69 over those five seasons.
In search of a “change in direction” the Sooners will look to start fresh and get back to their winning ways. Earlier this season, Oklahoma was shocked by Division II host Chaminade in the Maui Invitational. They wrapped up the 2010-2011 season at 14-18 overall.
Former Oklahoma and Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson left Norman riddled with NCAA sanctions, only to put IU in a similar situation years later. Capel took over, guiding Oklahoma to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2008 and 2009 after missing the Big Dance in his first season.
Since then, things have not been going smoothly. However, Oklahoma graduates only one senior from this year’s roster. JUCO transfer Robert Goff is still expected to join the Sooners next season as the only incoming recruit.
A national search for Capel’s replacement will begin immediately.
*Photo: Jeff Capel *Credit: star-telegram.com
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