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The game Jeff Capel dreads: VCU

By John Helsley Modified: December 15, 2008 at 6:40 am •  Published: December 15, 2008
Jeff Capel isn’t wrapping a full embrace around Oklahoma’s matchup Saturday in

the All-College Classic: Virginia Commonwealth.

Coaches seldom like taking on their old school.

Still, Capel knew this day was coming, ever since he signed his last contract — at VCU.

As part of a creative deal, Capel’s buyout at VCU stipulated that his new school must agree to kick in a home-and-home men’s basketball series.

"So that’s where the game came from,” Capel said.

And here comes Game 1, with the Rams due a return visit next season.

The clause in the buyout sprung from a similar deal attached to Dennis Felton’s contract when he was at Western Kentucky. Felton’s featured a four-game series, taken on by Georgia when it hired him in April of 2003.

Interestingly, Western Kentucky athletic director Wood Selig had spent time at VCU under Capel’s old boss, Richard Sander.

There had been talk about the Sooners possibly buying their way out of the deal, but that never materialized.

VCU has found scheduling difficult, with major conference schools finding little incentive to take on successful mid-major programs like the Rams.

→Saturday: VCU, All-College Classic, Ford Center, 9 p.m. (ESPN2).

→Dec. 22: at Rice, 7 p.m. (Sooner Sports Network)

→Dec. 30: at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (Sooner Sports Network)

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