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NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma vice president and athletics director Joe Castiglione on Monday announced that men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel has been released from his contract.

“After careful consideration, it has been determined that our men’s basketball program would be best served by a change of direction,” Castiglione said. “Therefore, we are making a change in the head coaching position. Jeff Capel has worked diligently on our behalf, and for that we are appreciative. He has many outstanding qualities and we wish him success as he moves forward.

“As we look to the future, we do so with a great university, a proud tradition in basketball, continued commitment to excellence in all areas and some of the country’s finest facilities. We expect that those qualities will play an important role in our search for a new coach. We’re ready to embark on that process.”

OU president David L. Boren thanked Capel for his contributions.

“The decision that has been reached is in the best interest of both coach Capel and the basketball program. I appreciate Jeff’s hard work and commitment as head coach and wish him well in the future,” he said.

In his five seasons as OU’s head coach, Capel assembled a 96-69 overall record, including a 37-43 mark in the Big 12, and guided the Sooners to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009. His 2008-09 squad, which featured national player of the year Blake Griffin, finished 30-6 and advanced to the Elite Eight. This past season, Oklahoma finished 14-18.