Timeline of former Oklahoma basketball coach Jeff Capel:
*April 11, 2006: Oklahoma introduces 31-year-old Jeff Capel as its new head basketball coach. Says OU athletic director Joe Castiglione: “People in the college basketball world kept telling us he's wise beyond his years.”
*April 20, 2006: Capel visits blue chip high school point guard Scottie Reynolds, who asked to be released from the national letter of intent signed with OU before coach Kevin Sampson's departure for Indiana. Capel fails to change Reynolds' mind. A recruiting class ranked fourth nationally with Reynolds (Villanova), Jeremy Mayfield (Alabama-Birmingham) and Damion James (Texas) goes elsewhere.
*May 14, 2006: Oklahoma Christian School junior Blake Griffin commits to OU, where he reunites with his brother Taylor Griffin.
*May 26, 2006: The NCAA places OU on a two-year probation for violations committed under Sampson. OU's self-imposed penalties include the loss of one scholarship for the 2006-2007 season.
*November 10, 2006: Oklahoma routs Norfolk State, 99-36, in Capel's Sooner coaching debut before an estimated home crowd of 5,400.
*March 9, 2007: Capel finishes his first season 16-15 with a 64-47 loss to Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City.
*November 2007: Capel signs Fort Worth guard Willie Warren, a future McDonald's All-American.
*November 8, 2007: Blake Griffin debuts with an 18-point, 13-rebound performance in a win over San Francisco.
*March 7, 2008: After the Sooners' 68-56 victory at Oklahoma State, an ESPN behind-the-scenes video captures Capel telling players, “Let's hit the showers and get the hell out of this hellhole.”
*March 21, 2008: Oklahoma defeats St. Joseph's, 72-64, for its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2005.
*March 23, 2008: Amid reports that Capel is a candidate for the South Carolina job and talk of Blake Griffin turning pro early, Oklahoma loses 78-48 to Louisville. The 30-point defeat is the most lopsided in OU's NCAA Tournament history.
*November 19, 2008: Capel signs Keith “Tiny” Gallon, a top-five center nationally and teammate of fellow Sooner signee Tommy Mason-Griffin at Oak Hill Academy. Said Capel: “This is a great day for our program, to have Tiny officially become a Sooner. I think Tiny is one of the elite players in this class, definitely one of the elite post players in this class.”
*February 22, 2009: With Oklahoma riding a 13-game winning streak and on the verge of claiming the No. 1 ranking for the first time since 1990, the Sooners lose 73-68 at Texas. Blake Griffin suffers a concussion and finishes with only two points and three rebounds in 11 minutes.
*March 27, 2009: The Sooners reach the Elite Eight for the first time in six seasons with a 84-71 win over Syracuse in Memphis, Tenn.
*March 29, 2009: Oklahoma shoots 2-of-19 from 3-point range in a 72-60 NCAA Regional final loss to North Carolina. The Sooners finish 30-6.
*April 3, 2009: Capel agrees to a contract extension, saying, “OU is not a steppingstone job. It's a really, really good job.”
*June 24, 2009: OU regents approve Capel's 43 percent pay raise, boosting his annual compensation to $1.5 million.
*January 2010: Capel bars Sooner players from the locker room and from wearing any Oklahoma gear. Said Willie Warren: “He's taken the locker room away from us because we're not playing like an Oklahoma team, so we don't deserve to be in the Oklahoma locker room.”
*January 9, 2010: The one-game suspensions of Steven Pledger and Andrew Fitzgerald for shoplifting leaves reserve Kyle Hardrick as the only player among the Sooners' five freshman who hasn't faced disciplinary action.
*March 10, 2010: OU ends the season with a nine-game losing streak and an 81-67 loss to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament. It marks their first losing season in 29 years.
*March 18, 2010: TMZ.com reports OU freshman forward Tiny Gallon accepted a $3,000 wire transfer in August 2009 from a Tampa-based Merrill Lynch financial adviser who works with several professional athletes as a financial planner.
*March 22, 2010: Freshman point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin, a third-team All-Big 12 player, announces he is turning pro on his Facebook page. “On a mission,” he wrote. “It's an officialdat i am leavin skool and enterin draft. ... i aint doin anotha yr.”
*April 7, 2010: Sophomore guard Willie Warren decides to leave early for the NBA despite his sagging pro stock.
*April 8, 2010: Assistant coach and top OU recruiter Oronde Taliaferro resigns.
*April 14, 2010: Center Orlando Allen announces he will not return to the team for his senior season. Allen, who said he planned to graduate earlier to support his family with a young child, becomes the fourth underclassmen to leave the Sooner program since the season ended.
*April 16, 2010: Speaking publicly for the first time since the season ended, Capel says, “Sometimes, in order to get better, you have to cleanse. ... For a lot of people, it may look doom and gloom, but for me it's exciting.”
*April 20, 2010: Tiny Gallon declares for the NBA Draft, becoming the third McDonald's All-American in a month to leave the program early.
*April 30, 2010: An investigation by The Oklahoman and Tulsa World reveals former Oklahoma assistant basketball coach Oronde Taliaferro exchanged at least 41 phone calls and 25 text messages over a 10-month period with a Tampa financial adviser, who reportedly wired $3,000 into the bank account of former OU forward Tiny Gallon.
*November 24, 2010: Oklahoma falls 68-64 to NCAA Division II school Chaminade at the Maui Invitational.
*March 2, 2011: Sooners lose eighth straight, 84-58 at Texas Tech.
*March 10, 2011: Oklahoma finishes 14-18 with a 74-54 loss to Texas in the second round of the Big 12 Tournament. It's the Sooners' first back-to-back losing seasons since 1967.
*March 14, 2011: Oklahoma fires Capel.
Compiled by Mike Sherman