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Take 5: Pitt’s Jeff Capel juggles 2 important jobs, but the one at home counts most

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Anyone who has had children knows that it is not easy to walk the line between work and family.

Imagine walking like Jeff Capel – husband, father of three, and home basketball coach.

Capel and his wife Kanika have three children: their daughters Cameron, 14, and Sydney, 12. and son Elijah, 9. Kapil said they are “at the age now where they understand things a bit more.” “He really likes our team, really likes to be involved in matches, really likes sports,” said Ilya.

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“What I tell them is that my dad works his butt. He shows up every day. I give it my all.

Cable said he tries to attend his children’s games and events. Most importantly, the business stays in business. He said he was trying to be there for bedtime. At that point, he sits down and goes back to work.

He remembered sitting at his desk after losing one point to Minnesota on November 30.

“I am heartbroken. I am pierced,” he said. “I sit there kind of staring, getting a text from my daughter, who is 14.

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I sent this TikTok to this guy talking. And all he talks about is ‘I want you to know how proud I am of you and someone needs to hear this.’ I know you are working hard. ”

Cable said the TikTok post stirred his feelings.

“I’m just dad to them,” he said. “I am not a coach. I am just a dad, and that is my greatest title, my most important title and the thing I am most proud of.”

Now, back to the season. Pete gets his rematch with Louisville at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

1. merit recognition

Perhaps the best bet anyone can make is to bet on themselves. That’s what Pete point guard Onibuchi Izikudo did, and it paid off this week when he was awarded a scholarship.

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While at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he was recruited by several Division II and III schools and the NAIA. But he was lured to Pete, where he planned to study bioengineering with a focus on medical school.

He said, “I had to decide if I wanted to go somewhere where I could definitely play and have a role on the team, or if I could come to a place like Pete and maybe make the team walk), maybe not. But just take that chance. “.

He said that one of the displaced coaches told Izikudo that going home would be a “big mistake.”

In the end, he decided, “I trust myself, and I believe that everything will work out when Pete comes and goes for it. Everything is fine, thank God.”

Initially, he was planning to be a coaching player for the women’s team during the 2018-2019 season. But when Capel scheduled a walking trial, he jumped in and landed a role as the men’s coaching man. While returning home on vacation, he gets a call back to campus. It was required in the active list.

“Even if I hadn’t joined the team in my freshman year, I would have kept trying,” he said. “That was my mentality: Just don’t take no.”

Ezeakudo will still have one season of eligibility in 2022-2023, but he’s not sure if he’ll use it or go to medical school.

2. He wanted to help

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Over the past five games, John Hugley has averaged 16.2 points, followed by Femi Oducalli at 14.6 points. Jamarius Burton has kept his consistency in the past nine games (15 points). Muhammadu Ghai has scored 13.2 points in the past six years.

These four, plus William Jeffress, make up 41.6% of the list, but scored 81.7% of the points (815 out of 997).

3. The man knows how to spoil

Pete’s record for season free throw attempts (304 by Brian Schurter in 1990) is out of reach for John Hugley, but he leads the nation (124). While he averaged 10 points per game against five ACC opponents, Hugley scored 39 points from 81 points from the spoiled streak.

4. Halfway home

Pete has a losing record (6-10, 1-4) after 16 games for the first time since the 1997-98 season (7-9 during Ralph Willard’s penultimate year as coach).

Looking back, it was a bit of a surprise to see that the best 16-game record since Jimmy Dixon’s departure is held by Kevin Stallings’ side (12-4 in 2016-2017). Side note: Pete lost the next seven in a row.

5. Next busy stretch

The ACC has rescheduled the postponed match at VPI (Virginia Tech) to February 7. And that’s two days after VPI visited the house. It also creates an extension of five games in 12 days – four on the way – from January 29 to February 9.

Jerry DePaula is a Tribune Review writer. You can contact Jerry by email at jdipaola@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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