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Oklahoma Sooners Hire Porter Moser As Next Basketball Coach

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

Loyola-Chicago head coach Porter Moser is reportedly set to take over the Oklahoma Sooners, per multiple reports, just hours after reports that he was weighing a six-year contract.

The contract report, from the New York Times’ Adam Zagoria, noted that Moser was ‘on the fence.’

Moser doesn’t appear to be fence-sitting anymore, if the latest reports are any indication. One report came from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, with the Chicago Sun-Times filing a similar report.

Moser, the head coach of the Ramblers, was considered one of the hottest names on the head-coaching market after leading the Ramblers to their second Sweet 16 appearance in the last four seasons.

This comes just a day after multiple reports that Moser and North Texas head coach Grant McCasland were among the leading candidates to take over for the retired Lon Kruger.

Moser just wrapped up his 10th season with the Ramblers and has 17 total years of experience as a Division I head coach. He’s become nationally known for leading the Ramblers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2018 Final Four.

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Moser is 188-140 at Loyola-Chicago, with four straight 20-win seasons, including a career-high 32 wins in 2017-18. He is 293-241 for his career, which included stops at Illinois State and Arkansas-Little Rock.

Moser would be taking over a program in need of leadership in the wake of Kruger’s departure. While not intentional, Kruger’s retirement has triggered a wave of departures from the program.

Guards Austin Reaves and De’Vion Harmon have submitted their names for the NBA Draft. Reaves is not expected to return. Harmon may simply be testing the waters.

Forward Brady Manek became the latest Sooner to put his name in the transfer portal, according to a report on Friday. He follows Victor Iwuakor, Trey Phipps and Anyang Garang.

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