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Who is Duke’s Jeff Capel?

Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel fills in for Coach K in 2016

VIDEO: Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel's comments about not having Coach Mike Krzyzewski at the game and the Blue Devils' 80-71 victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Photos by the Associated Press
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VIDEO: Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel's comments about not having Coach Mike Krzyzewski at the game and the Blue Devils' 80-71 victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Photos by the Associated Press

Jeff Capel will take over Duke’s head coaching duties as Mike Krzyzewskifrom back surgery. He is expected to be out for up to four weeks.

A former Duke guard, Capel, 41, joined Duke’s coaching staff in 2011 and is the staff’s main recruiter. He has helped land 12 McDonald’s All-Americans, and six in the past two seasons.

Last season, Capel coached against Georgia Tech when Krzyzewski was ill, winning 80-71.

Prior to that, he was the head coach at Oklahoma from 2006-2011, where he led the Sooners to two NCAA appearances and a 96-69 overall record.

His first head coaching job was at Virginia Commonwealth (2002-06). When he was hired, he was 27, the youngest head coach in Division I men’s basketball. During his second season, he coached the Rams to its first NCAA tournament berth in nearly a decade. While at VCU, he accumulated a 79-41 record.

Capel played high school basketball at South View in Fayetteville before being a four-year starter for at Duke from 1993-1997. He helped lead the Blue Devils to the 1994 NCAA title game as a freshman, losing to Arkansas. In 1995, he hit a 40-foot buzzer beater to send a game against North Carolina into overtime.

Capel finished his career at Duke with 1,601 points, 433 assists and 220 three-point field goals.

Jonathan M. Alexander

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