every year a school gets suckered into making the "retirement package" hire. Kruger, age 59, just got himself $15 million over the next 6-7 years. should be just about time to retire when he's locked that in.
I guess I never knew K-State was his alma mater. He had success there, why did he leave?
Rumor has it that Lon Kruger was forced out at K-State for having an affair with a cheerleader. On a side note; Steve Alford was reportedly having an affair with his secretary while he was at Iowa. Just speculation but I have heard both of those rumors from a number of different people on a number of different occasions.
I had season tickets for UNLV this winter as I was in Vegas, and was very impressed with the job he did as coach. They played very good defense. Offense lacked spacing and they depended a bit too much IMO on the 3. But the team seemed to buy into the team thing and played together. He will build their program given time.
Lon Kruger is a solid, proven coach and Oklahoma is a great program. I am sure they will be back in the Tournament in 2-3 years. However, $2.2MM/year is too much for someone who is not a top recruiting type of coach anymore. No doubt the Cyclones will at a minimum, get more wins per dollar out of Coach Hoiberg at $800,000/year than OU will get out of Lon Kruger.
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