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Oklahoma hires Loyola’s Porter Moser as new head coach

His success with the Ramblers gets Moser to a loaded Big 12 Conference with some expectations.

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers head coach Porter Moser reacts in the second half against the Oregon State Beavers during the Sweet 16 of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Loyola Chicago head coach Porter Moser will be the man in charge of the Oklahoma Sooners according to multiple media reports.

Apparently the Jesuit institution did all they could to keep their head coach, who has spent 10 years at the school and won multiple conference championships, as well as a Final Four appearance in 2018. The Ramblers were 26-5 this season and won both the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament before falling to Oregon State 65-58 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA’s.

Moser is one of the most valued coaches in the game, with a 293-242 career record after stops at Arkansas State and Illinois State before joining Loyola. His 188-141 mark at Gentile Arena saw him win at least 20 games each of the past four seasons, including a 32-6 mark during the Final Four run in 2018.

He moves into what has become one of the most competitive leagues in college basketball, with Chris Beard taking over at arch-rival Texas from a Texas Tech program he built into a national power, and Scott Drew playing in the Final Four this weekend with the Baylor team he’s helmed since 2004. And did we mention Kansas is still in this conference?

As far as his replacement on the north side it looks like his assistant Drew Valentine has the inside track.