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Pitt hires Duke's Jeff Capel to rebuild basketball program

Pittsburgh is turning to Duke's Jeff Capel to rebuild its reeling basketball program.

The Panthers hired the former Virginia Commonwealth and Oklahoma coach and longtime Duke assistant on Tuesday, tasking him with returning Pitt to prominence following two tough years under Kevin Stallings.

Athletic director Heather Lyke called Capel a "high-energy leader." Capel will need it, taking over a team that finished 8-24 and 0-18 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Pitt's search included interviews with Thad Matta and Tom Crean and overtures to Danny Hurley, who opted instead to become the head coach at Connecticut. Ultimately, the Panthers brought in the...