Berry Tramel: OU may have won Bedlam, but Jeff Capel could still be on the way out

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm •  Published: March 5, 2011

That's on the coach. Ford recruited the guys who let the team down and failed to mesh the others.

Of course, Ford did a superb job his first two seasons reviving OSU fortunes, so he's got some markers.

Not so with Capel. This is the second straight dud OU basketball season. Do you know how hard it is for a self-respecting program to go 13-18 and 13-17 back-to-back? That takes some doing.

My stance has been consistent. I would replace Capel, for failure to monitor. The fan base doesn't seem to care anymore, OU's two worst conference records of the last 30 years are these last two seasons and there's no reason to hope for a quick upgrade.

The best that can be said about Capel is that this team didn't quit on him. It certainly had the chance.

After Texas Tech's 84-58 rout Wednesday night, you wondered how the Sooners would respond.

We found out. The Sooners came out inspired. Took a 13-2 lead, and even after OSU rallied for a 33-32 halftime lead, OU quickly regained the lead and held it for all but 27 seconds of the final 17 1/2 minutes.

“They have fought and competed all year long,” Capel said. “Take the Texas Tech game away, every game we've competed at a high level. We've been overmatched at times, but I don't think we've been outworked.”

That comes a year too late to keep Capel out of the doghouse. But a Bedlam loss most certainly would have increased the volume of disgust bending athletic director Joe Castiglione's ear, for the precious few who still care.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He 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. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

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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