Jeff Capel’s firing from OU basketball was nothing personal. It was strictly a business decision.
Waning attendance. Lagging ticket sales that figured to get a lot worse. Not a lot of hope for much improvement next season.That’s unacceptable in this age of million-dollar contracts for coaches. You want the big money? Meet big expectation. And Capel didn’t come close. He missed the post-season three times in five years. Two NCAA Tournaments, no NITs. The NIT is a failure at a program like Oklahoma; Capel three times failed to even reach the NIT.
OU will have to pay Capel close to $3 million as part of the buyout; the Sooners are not expected to get out of the contract due to NCAA problems. But the Sooners figure that’s a better financial deal than sitting through what could be a lameduck year next season.