Georgia Tech targeting Duke assistant Jeff Capel as next coach

Georgia Tech officials have targeted Jeff Capel and are gauging his interest to try to determine if the 41-year-old would be willing to leave Mike Krzyzewski’s staff at Duke to be the Yellow Jackets’ next head coach, a source told CBS Sports on Monday.

Georgia Tech last week fired Brian Gregory after five seasons.

Capel is a former Duke guard who has led VCU to the NCAA Tournament and Oklahoma to the Elite Eight. He’s spent the past five seasons on Krzyzewski’s staff, where he’s been instrumental in revitalizing the Blue Devils’ recruiting classes. Duke won a national championship last year thanks largely to prospects Capel helped enroll — specifically Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow. Duke once again has the top recruiting class in the ACC set to enroll in time for next season. Capel was instrumental in making that happen, too.

The issue for Georgia Tech is that Capel has been patient with his career.

He turned down Arizona State last year to remain at Duke.

So he’s rejected a Power 5 job before.

That said, Capel, like many coaches, understands the possible benefit of having great access to prospects in the state of Georgia, specifically in the city of Atlanta. And that fertile recruiting ground might be enough to make Capel accept an offer to replace Gregory and become Georgia Tech’s next head coach.

Can Georgia Tech convince Duke assistant Jeff Capel to be the Jackets' new head coach? (USATSI)
Can Georgia Tech convince Duke assistant Jeff Capel to be the Jackets’ new head coach? (USATSI)

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