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