Friday, April 1, 2011

BREAKING: Oklahoma Set To Hire Lon Kruger As Head Coach

[HT: The Daily Oklahoman]

Barry Tramel of the Daily Oklahoman cites multiple sources that UNLV head coach Lon Kruger is expected to be named head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners.

After Buzz Williams turned down OU's offer earlier this week and decided to remain at Marquette it appears Kruger was Plan B. Kruger is expected to make between $2.2 million and $2.3 million per year.

He will return to the Big 12/10 conference where he was an outstanding player at Kansas State and then went on the coach the Wildcats. Those of us at the OSG HQ wonder what kind of direction is the OU program going? Hiring a 58 year old coach whose career has been mediocre at best doesn't make sense. Sure Kruger coached Florida to the 1994 Final Four but that's about the only success he's had. Those of us in the ATL have already forgotten Kruger's brief tenure as the Atlanta Hawks head coach.

So many good young coaches out there (Shaka Smart, Brad Stevens, etc.) and Oklahoma settles on a retread.

Good Luck.

Newsok's Dave Morris tracks down Tramel

Photo Courtesy: AP

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