Big 12 Basketball: Getting to know the new coaches

There will be four new coaches next season coaching in the Big 12. Here's what they said about their new programs.
Compiled by JOHN HELSEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: June 9, 2011
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Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger on getting a feel for a new program:

“You go through a process of trying to get a feel for the culture, a feel for the landscape. You ask a lot of questions. Get a lot of people's input. Try to get a feel for where we're at. We obviously have an idea of where we want to get to and where we want to go, but you want to get a feel for the starting point. A lot of things are going on that worked well. Other things are going on that are not quite what you wanted.”

Missouri coach Frank Haith on his style in contrast to former coach Mike Anderson:

“They had a distinctive style, all based on being up-tempo. I think we will be up-tempo, but our defensive philosophy will be different. There will be pressure, but our pressure will be at different levels and not necessarily at the full-court level. I think you can still get the same things accomplished. Offensively, we will run. We will attack. We will pass ahead. But we will probably do a little bit more in terms of sets. We have certain types of players, so as coaches we have to adjust a little bit to the kind of personnel we have, and putting our spin on how we want to do things, offensively and defensively.”

A&M coach Billy Kennedy on adding former OSU assistant Kyle Keller to his staff:

“The No. 1 thing, I wanted to hire somebody I knew and had a relationship with. And somebody who knew Texas. Kyle, being from Dallas and his experience with being a head junior college coach here and coaching at Oklahoma State and recently at Kansas was a big key, to get somebody with that kind of experience in the areas that I need. Obviously recruiting Texas and knowing the Big 12 was a big plus for me. It's going to make my transition much smoother.”

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