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Blake Griffin defends coach Jeff Capel

Updated: March 15, 2011, 11:12 PM ET
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

Joe Castiglione called his decision to fire Oklahoma Sooners coach Jeff Capel "a change of direction."

And while Capel said in a statement he considers OU a "first class institution and an excellent place to coach," former Sooners standout Blake Griffin thought Capel's firing was more like a slap to the face.

The former Oklahoma star who is now playing for the Los Angeles Clippers said the university's decision to fire his coach was "unfair" and that the school was "piling ...

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