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Appalachian State fires coach Capel

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Appalachian State fired head coach Jason Capel, the school announced Monday.

Capel went 53-70 in four seasons with the Mountaineers, and the team failed to reach the NCAA Tournament in any of those seasons.

Appalachian State went 9-21 overall this season, including 5-11 in the Southern Conference. The Mountaineers lost to Samford in the first round of the conference tournament on Friday and ended the season with five losses in their final six games.

“As we enter the Sun Belt Conference next season, we have decided to do so with new leadership for our men’s basketball program,” athletic director Charlie Cobb said in a statement. “I sincerely thank Coach Capel for his effort and dedication to Appalachian State over the last five years. He is a first-class person and has a bright professional future ahead of him. I wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

As a player, Capel was a four-year starter at North Carolina.

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