Originally Published: Feb 3, 2011 11:4 AM CDT
Jeff Capel has been scrutinized, criticized, 2nd-guessed and doubted...and for the most part it has been pretty justified. But it is time to give Capel his due.
If you vote right now, he finishes 2nd to only Rick Barnes for Big 12 Coach of the Year. OU is tied for 3rd in the conference standings. 3rd! What has taken place with this OU basketball team over the last two weeks is remarkable. Four wins in-a-row. They are executing tremendously, playing tough defense, rebounding, hitting open shots, diving for loose balls, out-hustling opponents and showing tremendous grit. The rotation has basically been narrowed to six guys who have bought in to their roles. And their coach is repeatedly out-coaching his counterpart.
I dont know how many more wins these overachievers have left in them...far be it for me to doubt them anymore. But, this is the most imporant thing that is happening right now. The Sooner fans are starting to believe in the Head Coach again. Thats big.