Big 12 Coaching Dominoes: Jeff Capel To Join Mizzou Staff As Assistant?

Reports out of St Louis and Oklahoma are indicating that former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Jeff Capel might land as the top assistant on Frank Haith's new Missouri Tigers coaching staff.

This move would help address several concerns Mizzou fans have with Haith's resume, specifically recruiting and familiarity with the Big 12 landscape.

Despite being an assistant at Texas A&M twice and at Texas for three seasons,  Haith has been away from the Big 12 for the past seven seasons. Capel would help Haith with the transition back and use his recruiting ties to help build the Mizzou program.

Under Capel's watch Oklahoma signed four McDonald's All Americans, Blake Griffin, Willie Warren, Tommy Mason-Griffin and Tiny Gallon. Despite not having much success on the floor after Blake left for the NBA, there is no question that Capel can recruit, and recruit five-star athletes.

Now Haith has stressed character and off-court principles as his foundation for any good student-athlete, and - Blake aside - some of the guys Capel brought to OU had off-court issues, so who Capel is "allowed" to go after, or if Haith keeps to his word, is still up in the air.

No official announcement has been made regarding Capel's future, but if it happens it will be quite a coup for the Tigers.

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