Wake Forest might have found a coach (Jeff Bzdelik), and reports have been refuted that Jeff Capel interviewed with Clemson. Which might bring the following refrain from those who care about Sooner basketball: Drats. Safe to say the honeymoon is over for Capel. Dalliances with other schools. Horrid season. Ravaged roster. NCAA investigation. OU basketball has hit an iceberg, and the captain, if not abandoning ship, is not on the bow assuring calm. Capel has not talked publicly since March 10, when Oklahoma State delivered a Big 12 Tournament licking. And there’s been plenty to talk about. Namely, the state of his program. The defections of Willie Warren and Tommy Mason-Griffin. The TMZ report that Tiny Gallon accepted $3,000 from a financial adviser, in violation of NCAA rules. The resignation of assistant coach Oronde Taliaferro, which appears linked to the Gallon allegations. Capel’s program seems void of direction, leadership and perhaps enough ballplayers to even play a season. You know the NCAA’s old term, lack of institutional control? This seems like a classic case of lack of program control. This is the time for leadership, and Capel is displaying none, particularly not to his fan base. And that’s no small thing. Can you imagine what a mausoleum Lloyd Noble Center will be next season? A team that figures to be no better than 11th in the Big 12, coming off a disappointing season with a very unlikable team. Damage control should start yesterday to try to keep interest in a program that has fallen off the cliff in less than 13 months. It’s time for Capel to start earning his $1.55 million a year, and part of that is being the face of his program. But frankly, leadership has not been Capel’s forte’. Hire a 31-year-old, as Joe Castiglione did four Aprils ago, and you get all that goes with such a novice. A coach who can relate to recruits down to the music on their iPods, but also a coach who isn’t a bridge over troubled waters. The possible NCAA violations are most troubling. OU is just emerging from the Kelvin Sampson probation; to be playing with matches again is inexcusable. Castiglione, who stood by Sampson only to see Kelvin bolt for Indiana, comes out looking bad if he hired the man who hired another rules-breaker. Joe C. again is standing by his man but can’t be happy with the state of his program. Truth is, Capel has not endeared himself to some OU leaders, even in the good times. His big pay raise last spring, after the Blake Griffin-led run to an NCAA regional final, came after flirtations with other jobs. Bob Stoops, at the top of his profession, hasn’t negotiated that way. Rubbed some wrong that 34-year-old Jeff Capel did. It all adds up to one big mess. Both Billy Tubbs and Sampson departed as OU basketball coaches in rare instances of truly mutual breakups. They left for other jobs, and OU — fans and brass — were glad to see them go. But Tubbs (14 years) and Sampson (12) were on the job a long time. Capel’s honeymoon has ended in a much shorter span. If his OU days end soon, few will lament his leaving. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.