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Reports: ASU targeting Duke assistant Jeff Capel as next head coach of men's basketball program

Who is Capel and what are his crednetials

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

According to Evan Daniels of, ASU is giving high priority to Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel to fill the coaching vacancy left by Herb Sendek.

Once a player for the Blue Devils, Capel began his coaching career as an assistant at Old Dominion before becoming the head coach at VCU in 2002-03 at just 27 years old. He led the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in 2003-04 for the first time since 1996. He then took the Oklahoma head coaching position in 2006 and led the Sooners to two NCAA Tournament appearences in 2008-09.

In his three seasons back in Durham since 2011, Capel has helped the Blue Devils to an 83-22 mark. He also has a 175-110 record as a head coach with an Elite Eight appearance with Oklahoma in 2008. He was recently promoted to Associate Head Coach at Duke prior to this season. Capel's multiple seasons learning from legendary Mike Krzyzewski is clearly a benefit as well.