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Porter Moser Moving On To Oklahoma

Well, we couldn’t expect Porter Moser to stay at Loyola-Chicago for forever. And apparently, he won’t.

Instead, Moser is headed to Oklahoma, where he will replaced Lon Kruger. This is something that was predicted by OutKick’s Greg Couch early Friday, and made known later by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.

Moser has turned the mid-major Ramblers into a frightening force in the NCAA Tournament, as they reached the Final Four in 2018 and the Sweet Sixteen this year. Over the past three seasons, they have sort of been a poor man’s Gonzaga.

But unlike Gonzaga coach Mark Few, Moser is moving on to the big league. Loyola finished 26-5 this season, and has won 20 or more games in each of the previous four. They were 32-6 when they reached the Final Four.

Moser, 52, was known for getting overlooked Chicago recruits to take refuge at Loyola, and the skill of luring underrated talent to his program should serve him well at Oklahoma.

Kruger retired following a 16-11 finish in 2020-21. The Sooners lost to Few and Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. With this hire and Chris Beard’s intra-conference move to UT this means the Big XII will again have a MAJORITY of its men’s BB coaches who have taken teams to the Final Four.

    Self–Kansas
    Weber–Illinois
    Huggins–Cincinnati/West Virginia
    Beard–Texas Tech
    Drew–Baylor
    Moser–Oklahoma

    Stacked, man.

  2. The thing about coaches like Moser are they’re used to working with overachievers who are way easier to coach and motivate than the 4-5 star recruits OU gets. I wonder if his tough coaching style will work with pampered recruits who have their pick of schools. Maybe. We’ll see. The transition from mid-major to major conference is a gigantic culture shift for coaching and recruiting. You may have been a great shade tree mechanic, but now you’re working on a Ferrari, so you don’t use the same tool chest.

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