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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball: Reports: OU to hire Porter Moser as its next head coach

The Porter Moser era at OU is set to begin.

NCAA Basketball: Final Four-Loyola vs Michigan Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

According to multiple reports, Loyola-Chicago’s Porter Moser will be hired as the next head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners’ men’s basketball program. Joe Henricksen was first to break the news.

Over the course of the past 10 seasons, Moser led the Ramblers to two NCAA Tournament appearances, three first-place finishes in the Missouri Valley Conference, 99 wins in the last four years and an overall record of 188-140 (.573). In 2018, he was named MVC Coach of the Year. That same season, Loyola reached the Final Four of the Big Dance. This past postseason, he advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before bowing out.

Eight days ago, Lon Kruger announced his retirement from coaching after leading OU for the last 10 seasons. Today, this storied program tips-off the Porter Moser era. A native of the Chicago area, Moser was born in Naperville, Illinois and played his college ball for the Creighton Bluejays from 1986 to 1990. The 52-year-old now returns to Big 12 country as a coach for the first time since he was an assistant for Texas A&M in 1998.

With this hire, Oklahoma should have immediate ties with the fertile recruiting grounds of the Chicago area. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, Moser brings with him a strong track record of not only developing his players but also putting together teams that play efficiently and fearlessly. Going into the 2021-22 season, the Sooners are looking at a sizable rebuild from both a roster and staff standpoint, so expectations should be kept relatively low from the jump. That said, the potential for a great run over the next handful of years exists with Porter Moser running the show. Welcome to OU, Coach!

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