Kruger Set to Succeed Jeff Capel at OU

NORMAN, Okla. -- It appears the Sooners may finally have found their guy for the basketball head coaching position, as multiple sources confirmed Friday afternoon that UNLV's Lon Kruger is expected to take the job, ending OU's 18-day search for a replacement.

In a story first produced by The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel, it was learned that athletic director Joe Castiglione took a third stab at snagging the Runnin' Rebels' head man after previous accurate reports from the Las Vegas Sun that he had turned it down a couple of times.

This time, the offer, reportedly $16 million for seven years, was just too good to pass up.

And with that, the chase for the 14th head coach at OU has finally ended, after guys like Marquette's Buzz Williams, Illinois' Bruce Weber, BYU's Dave Rose, and Memphis' Josh Pastner did not ultimately end up as Jeff Capel's successors.

As for Kruger, he's posted a 479-304 career record in college basketball, including previous stints at Texas-Pan American, Kansas State, Florida, Illinois and UNLV.

Kruger's coached his teams 13 times to the NCAA Tournament, including four of the last five years at UNLV, and he's made the postseason in 17 of his 25 years overall.

He was 161-71 at UNLV with five straight 20-plus win seasons.

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