With speculation running rampant over the weekend of another Big 12 coach potentially tied to the UCLA coaching opening, one of those caught up in the mix put an end to any reported interest.
Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lon Kruger had his name tied up in rumors on Sunday night, along with former Texas head coach and current Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes.
Latest I’ve heard is that Rick Barnes and Lon Kruger have been interviewed for the UCLA job, with Barnes considered the frontrunner. He’s 64, two years younger than Kruger, and is coming off a national-coach-of-the-season at Tennessee.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) April 8, 2019
Well on Monday morning Kruger told The Franchise in Oklahoma City that he plans to finish his career in Norman.
Lon Kruger says on @FranchiseOK that he will finish his career at Oklahoma.
— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) April 8, 2019
You can listen to the entire interview here.
Kruger is 66 years old and is making roughly $2.75 millions to coach the Sooners. He’s had success as well, taking the Sooners to a Final Four in 2016, and one Sweet 16 in 2015. The last three seasons haven’t quite reached those expectations, as OU has gone 11-20, 18-14 and 20-14, with just one NCAA Tournament win the past three seasons, coming just last month, before losing to Virginia in the Round of 32.
However the Sooners have a top 15 recruiting class coming in next season and you can see a full recap of the 2018-19 campaign, along with what’s coming into the program next year with our OU season review.
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