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Report: Kruger to be next OU coach

Posted on: April 1, 2011 2:36 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 2:57 pm
 
UNLV's Lon Kruger will be named Oklahoma's next men's basketball coach, according to the Oklahoman.

The newspaper reported Friday afternoon that Kruger and OU have agreed in principle on a contract worth more than $2 million annually after running a headline Thursday night that read "Scratch off Bruce Weber, Lon Kruger as OU candidates." Reached by phone, Kruger told CBSSports.com that he had not yet seen the report. When told what it said, he declined comment.

Kruger, 58, has taken UNLV to four NCAA tournaments in seven seasons.

He is a native of Kansas.

Oklahoma fired Jeff Capel last month.
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Comments

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Report: Kruger to be next OU coach

Well tadgoff as sad as this is to say we would actually be happy with that for awhile.  We are in a bottomless hole at the moment and just being able to get far enough up to pop our head back over the edge would be great.  What we need is a good solid coach to give our team a firm base to stand on again.  I'm not expecting a championship in the near future.  What I AM  expecting is some solid recruiting and a gutsy team that will be able to put up a legit fight each night.  Once we get back to there we can worry about trying to be a "dominate" basketball program.  I really like the hiring of Kruger.  It's a solid coach who also has some nba experiance to help with recruiting. 



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 11:11 am
 

Report: Kruger to be next OU coach

Hey Lon give me a hunerd on VCU! Oh yea... he'll fit right in alright at OU... just keep them hundred dollar huddles tight. 



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 10:34 am
 

Report: Kruger to be next OU coach

What a stupid comment you ignorant moron



Since: Apr 1, 2011
Posted on: April 2, 2011 8:18 am
 

Report: Kruger to be next OU coach

Good hire, Kruger will turn this program around.



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 6:45 am
 

good move

This is a great hire by Oklahoma. Kruger will do well there, he's a great fit and will likely stay a very long time since he's from the neighboring state to the north. Congrats to both Kruger and OK.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 1:35 am
 

Report: Kruger to be next OU coach

I'm amazed at some of the uninformed comments I see posted here.  For you imbeciles that don't know what conference UNLV plays in, it's called the Mountain West and it was the 4th best conference in college basketball this past season, ahead of the ACC, SEC, and Pac-10.  Two teams, San Diego St. and BYU, just made the Sweet 16, and both were extremely close to advancing to the Elite 8.  UNLV made the NCAA Tournament this season as well and unfortunately played a terrible game against Illinois, but how did OU, in the big, bad, Big 12 do?  Oh that's right, they won like 10 games this year and are probably going to face some penalties from the NCAA.  Finally, as far as success on the basketball court, here's how much playing in one of the BS, er I mean BCS conferences mean - Butler and VCU are in the Final Four.  In fact, Butler is in the Final Four for the second straight season, and if that shot against Duke had gone in last year, they would be going for back-to-back championships.

There's no doubt that Oklahoma is one of the best football programs in America, but as far as basketball, UNLV actually has a better history of success.  Not only that, but UNLV will have a much better team than OU next year, and depending on the coach the Rebels get, that may continue for the forseeable future.  So these comments about UNLV not being as good a basketball program as Oklahoma are uninformed and ridiculous.

As for Lon Kruger, who can blame a guy for accepting a job that pays him twice as much and provides 5 extra years on his contract?  He loves Las Vegas (for the uninformed who posted, UNLV stands for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas - Nevada is a U.S. state and Las Vegas is the biggest city in Nevada, in case you didn't know that either), and turned down OU twice, but the AD kept upping the ante.  I wish the best to Lon Kruger and hope he does well at Oklahoma.  But for the OU fans, don't expect any miracle turnaround in the next 2 years.  In the meantime, UNLV will continue to make and hopefully advance through the NCAA Tournament.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 1:03 am
 

Report: Kruger to be next OU coach

This is probably the best move for Lon Kruger to go to Oklahoma because it is in a better conference then UNLV was in and he can at least recruit better players in OU then he did at UNLV but still Kruger is not going to turn UO that poor program around no matter what because he is not a great coach at all at least not worth 2 million dollars a year. Now yes he did take UNLV in his 7 years as head coach to 4 NCAA Tournaments and yes for a bad program like UNLV that is a great accomplishment for that school but in fairness that is nothing special at all. And yes that will be the last some what good coach if you call Kruger a good coach that UNLV will ever get for there little school.



Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 12:44 am
 

Report: Kruger to be next OU coach

Kruger is one hell of a coach...I'm sure he will get the Oklahoma program back in the right direction in just a few years. The man get's the best out of his players...I'll never forget that team he took to the Final Four while at FLA. One of the best coaching jobs ever!



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Report: Kruger to be next OU coach

You're an idiot if you think either of the Nevada schools will be dropping sports.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Report: Kruger to be next OU coach

I hope that in five years you are not saying the same thing UNLV fans are today.  Good coach, solid program but never really felt like he could push it to the next level.  As progams that had Tark and Tubbs, this will be more like Sampson. 


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