by Berry Tramel Modified: February 9, 2009 at 11:59 am •  Published: February 9, 2009
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The job isn’t perfect. Attendance sometimes still lacks, though that’s more and more a national trend, and besides, the Sooner crowds have been solid this season.

Lloyd Noble Center isn’t a basketball cathedral and can’t be turned into one in these economic times, but it’s still not a bad place to watch a ball game. And OU’s practice facility is state of the art.

Thanks to the explosion of Texas high school basketball, Capel sits in fertile recruiting territory. Of Capel’s top seven players, three are Okies, three are Texans. Only Juan Pattillo (Las Vegas) is from outside Red River territory.

And Oklahoma’s devotion to football, which can drive some coaches nuts, is a basketball blessing.

"All of our sports are very lucky, very fortunate, that we have such a great football program,” Capel said.

Big-time football means big-time money for resources, facilities, even contracts.

Capel makes $1.05 million this year plus bonuses and will no doubt get a hefty raise after this season, though Castiglione declines to comment on what he might do to make Capel feel even more at home.

OU doesn’t have to do much. It’s already given Capel an excellent job, and he’s making the most of it.

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.

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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