Close games, controversial calls, turnover troubles — it's almost always the same.
And it's not an act.
"My dad used to talk about the duck theory," Capel said. "You see a duck swimming, and it always looks like he's calm up top, but below, he may be paddling like crazy."
Still, Capel is not a screamer. Or a stomper. Not a whiner.
But a winner.
And his demeanor might have something to do with it.
While plenty of coaching crazies have managed their share of success, Capel's calm and reassuring presence seems to flow over and through his Sooners, who have shown an uncanny ability to maintain composure and pull through in crunch time.
That doesn't mean Capel doesn't have his moments or doesn't get nervous or doesn't question himself.
His policy, however: never let them see him sweat.
"I want my guys to see me calm," Capel said. "I don't want them to see me looking nervous or anything, because to me, if they see me nervous, it gives them a reason to be nervous.
"I want them to always see me confident."
Capel admits it hasn't always been this way.
His first year at OU, he carried on a bit, struggling to deal with that season's rebuilding woes.
"I took a look after that season and evaluated," Capel said, "and realized that didn't help us."
Capel's constant refrain now seems to be, "We're OK."
And as they've proven often in a 23-1 start, they usually are OK.
"It's about having that calm, cool, swagger about you," senior forward Taylor Griffin said. "I think that he has that as a coach. And I think it trickles down to us.
"Not panicking. Saying poised. There's a big difference in this team and the team last year and the year before, just being able to handle situations, adverse situations, and keep playing our game and not get rattled."