The Latest: Capel's father told him he was crazy to coach

The Latest: Capel's father told him he was crazy to coach
Pittsburgh head coach Jeff Capel speaks to the media during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college basketball media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest from Wednesday’s ACC men’s basketball media day (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

Pitt first-year coach Jeff Capel III first thought about becoming a coaching when his playing days were winding down two decades ago. No less a coaching authority than Capel’s father told him he was crazy.

Capel’s dad, Jeff Capel II, was a longtime coach at Old Dominion.

Capel said Wednesday at ACC media day that his father “told me I was crazy.” He added that his dad told him, “you should go to law school or something else.”

The choice does not seem so crazy now.

Capel was head coach at VCU and Oklahoma. He also was an assistant at Duke from 2011-18 before taking over the Panthers.


3:05 a.m.

The Atlantic Coast Conference will open the season with seven schools ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 poll and a deep well of perimeter talent.

The league holds its preseason men’s basketball media day on Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. That comes two days after the league had more teams than any other league in the AP preseason poll, with three of those in the top 10 in No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Virginia and No. 8 North Carolina.

Wednesday’s schedule includes a full day of interviews for league players and head coaches, which includes new arrivals Chris Mack at Louisville and Jeff Capel at Pittsburgh.

The league will release media picks for preseason favorite and all-conference players on Thursday.


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