Jeff Capel passes on Arizona State


Duke assistant Jeff Capel won't pursue the Arizona State head coaching job. (USATSI)
Duke assistant Jeff Capel won’t pursue the Arizona State head coaching job. (USATSI)

Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel has removed himself from consideration for the opening at Arizona State, an ASU source told on Tuesday.

Arizona State fired Herb Sendek after nine seasons two weeks ago, at which point the school identified Capel as the leading candidate. The two sides met and Capel was tentatively scheduled to visit campus this week. But the 40-year-old ultimately decided to pass on the opportunity and, for now, remain on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff at Duke.

Capel led VCU to the 2004 NCAA Tournament before taking Oklahoma to the NCAA Tournament in both 2008 and 2009. He recruited Blake Griffin to campus, had the Sooners ranked No. 1 in the nation in 2009 and made the Elite Eight, where his team was defeated by eventual national champion North Carolina. Capel returned to Mike Krzyzewski’s staff in 2011 and has been instrumental in recruiting several of Duke’s top players — among them Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones. He’s still only 40 years old.


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