Berry Tramel: Honeymoon at OU has ended quickly for Jeff Capel

by Berry Tramel Modified: April 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm •  Published: April 12, 2010
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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’.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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