Blake Griffin: OU firing Jeff Capel was 'unfair'

From Staff Reports Published: March 15, 2011

Former University of Oklahoma star Blake Griffin talked to ESPN.com about the firing of his former coach, Jeff Capel.

“What bothers me the most is that everyone is saying he did all of this when Blake Griffin was there,” Griffin told the website. “Well to me, you say he deserves no credit when a certain player is there and then, when things go bad, throw all the blame on him. To me, they're piling it on. He took over the program after Kelvin Sampson and all of those sanctions and he put his faith in everyone. This is what he gets? Within two years we're in the tournament and now two years later he's fired? It's completely unfair.”

Griffin, who played at Oklahoma Christian School, helped the Sooners reach the Elite Eight during his sophomore season.

“As soon as he got the job he started recruiting me and we were in it together,” Griffin told the website. “When I committed to Oklahoma, it wasn't a popular thing to do at the time but I went because of Coach Capel. We all take pride in what we did there and what we built and for them to turn their backs on him so quickly, it really disappoints me.”

Griffin told ESPN.com this decision won't affect his relationship with OU.

“I don't claim to know everything when it comes to basketball, but I do know a great coach,” Griffin told the website. “He's a great coach and I think Oklahoma has made a mistake.”

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