Capel on coaching philosophy, personal bonds

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Before Jeff Capel's Pitt Panthers (13-6, 4-4 ACC) hit the road to face Syracuse here Saturday at the Carrier Dome, Capel held court for us reporters Friday at Petersen Events Center, discussing the importance of social media and a strong online presence for incoming recruits, his personal coaching philosophies, the balance between "coach" and "mentor" and much more.

I found this particular press conference insightful and personal. Capel's never been shy about sharing his thoughts and feelings throughout the year, but we were afforded the rare opportunity to discuss topics away from the current team's performance on the court.

If you want an Xs and Os breakdown of the tilt vs. Syracuse, you won't get it here.

If you want a deeper look inside Capel's mind, his priorities and his strategies for this growing Pitt basketball program, click the full video — just over 13 minutes in all — right here:

Tipoff for Pitt's matchup with Syracuse is set for noon. I'm here in upstate New York for all the coverage.

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