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Loyola Chicago's Porter Moser hired as Oklahoma men's basketball coach

Loyola Chicago's Porter Moser has been hired as Oklahoma men's baseball coach, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione announced Saturday.

Moser has been one of the hottest mid-major coaches in the nation since leading Loyola Chicago into the Final Four in 2018. Ever since then, he's led the Ramblers to at least a talk of 2 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championships. They moved 26-5 this year, beating Georgia Tech and 1-seed Illinois en route to a Sweet 16 appearance.

"I have always said there are reasons why you triumph. When you have a look at the standards that the programs at Oklahoma have set, you will find reasons why they have won," Moser said in a statement. "The coaches, infrastructure and community are all championship caliber. You only want to be part of that. To play in a premiere league like the Big 12 and be a part of this championship culture arouses me."

A Naperville, Illinois, native, Moser hasn't jumped at high-major training opportunities within the last few seasons. St. John's pursued him afterwards Chris Mullin stepped down, but Moser returned to Loyola. He was connected to different openings this spring but seemed likely to return to the Ramblers until Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger retired late last month.

Castiglione quickly zeroed in on Moser, and he'd become the clear leader for the job that the last couple of days.

"We are absolutely thrilled to announce and welcome Porter Moser as our second amazing OU head coach," Castiglione said in a statement. "As we dug deep into the backgrounds of his attributes, acumen and listing of success completely aligned with what we were seeking."

Oklahoma will present Moser at a news conference following week.

Moser began his coaching career in 1990 as an assistant trainer at Creighton, his alma mater. He also spent time as an assistant trainer at Texas A&M, Milwaukee, Arkansas-Little Rock and Saint Louis. Moser was also a head coach in Arkansas-Little Rock and Illinois State.

"It is impossible to properly thank Porter for all he has done for our basketball program and University," Loyola Chicago athletic director Steve Watson said in a statement. "His vision and direction attracted Loyola to brand new heights and Ramblers anyplace will be eternally grateful. A huge thank you and best wishes, from all Ramblers, are being expanded to Porter and his family as they embark on their next trip."

Kruger retired after 45 years in coaching. He had been in Oklahoma for the past decade, leading the Sooners to seven NCAA tournaments and a Final Four appearance in 2016.

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