Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel has removed his name from consideration at Georgia Tech, a source told CBS Sports on Sunday afternoon.
Sources told CBS Sports that Georgia Tech contacted Capel early in the process to gauge his interest, and, a source said, he was intrigued by the possibility of running an ACC program with access to the Atlanta recruiting area. But Capel, who is still only 41 years old, has ultimately decided to be extremely patient with his career — the way Shaka Smart was at VCU, the way Brad Stevens was at Butler, the way Archie Miller is right now at Dayton — and wait for an absolutely perfect opportunity before committing to becoming a head coach again, mostly because he’s currently in a great spot as the associate head coach for, and right-hand man to, Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski. Beyond all that, Capel will be an obvious candidate to take over at Duke whenever Krzyzewski eventually retires. So although Capel is anxious to again run his own program, it will, at this point, take something really special to get him to leave his alma mater, sources told CBS Sports.
Capel was previously the head coach at VCU and Oklahoma.
He took the Rams to the 2004 NCAA Tournament, then had Oklahoma ranked No. 1 in the country while winning 30 games in the 2008-09 season. At Duke, Capel has been a key figure in helping Krzyzewski revamp the Blue Devils’ roster. He was the point man on the Jahlil Okafor/Tyus Jones/Justise Winslow class that led Duke to the 2015 national championship. Capel was also instrumental in securing the recruiting class that will, once it enrolls, make Duke one of the favorites to win next season’s NCAA Tournament.
Georgia Tech is in the process of replacing Brian Gregory.
Gregory was fired last month after five seasons with the Yellow Jackets.