Oklahoma has hired Loyola Chicago’s Porter Moser as its males’s basketball coach, an particular person conscious of the downside acknowledged Friday.
The person spoke on the situation of anonymity since the coast has now not been announced.
Moser will replace Lon Kruger, who retired last month after 10 years coaching the Sooners.
Moser led Loyola to 2 deep runs within the NCAA Match — the Ramblers reached the Last Four in 2018 and the Candy 16 this twelve months. He went 188-141 in 10 years at Loyola and has a 293-242 document in 17 seasons as a college head coach, with stops at Arkansas Puny Rock (2000-03) and Illinois Negate (2003-07).
In 2017-18, the Ramblers went 32-6 that season and charmed the nation in an surprising bustle buoyed by one last-second shot after one other. Along the formula, their 98-twelve months-faded nun and team chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, grew to become a celeb, with bobbleheads and athletic attire and nationwide TV interviews. The Ramblers beat Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Nevada and Kansas Negate to be triumphant within the nationwide semifinal, where they lost to Michigan.
Loyola made one other bustle this twelve months, led by the nation’s stingiest protection. The Ramblers went 26-5 in their fourth straight twelve months with 20 or more wins. They earned their first AP Prime 25 rating since March 1985 and won the Missouri Valley Conference match for the second time in four years.
Sister Jean, 101 and fully vaccinated, was on hand for the NCAA Match this twelve months. She watched in Indianapolis as Loyola beat ACC Match champion Georgia Tech and dominated high-seeded Illinois within the second spherical earlier than falling to Oregon Negate.
Moser takes over a program that’s ancient to success — Kruger led the Sooners to a 195-128 document and reached seven of the past eight NCAA tournaments. Oklahoma reached the Last Four in 2016 with Buddy Hield leading the formula. In Kruger’s closing season at Oklahoma, the Sooners went 16-11 and carried out the season with a loss to high-seeded Gonzaga within the second spherical.
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