Pitt’s gift on Capel’s birthday: Total collapse

Pitt’s gift on Capel’s birthday: Total collapse
Pitt basketball coach Jeff Capel. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Jeff Capel huffs into the microphone at the podium. He inhales deeply and shakes his head, shuffling in his seat. There's a grumble. He reaches for a bottle of water sitting an arm's length away, but he's not thirsty.

He just needs something to squeeze.

It’s Capel’s birthday, Feb. 12, on this cold, wet Wednesday night at Petersen Events Center, but there’s no party. There’s definitely no cake nor candles. His squad just lost — no, his Panthers were just destroyed by Clemson, 72-52, snapping a four-game ACC winning streak at home and sending them packing, tails tucked and spirits crushed.

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