New Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger said his coaching staff will be a “blend,” bringing a few UNLV assistants to Norman but will add a couple of new coaches.
“We need folks that No. 1 can be great ambassadors for Oklahoma but absolutely can recruit Oklahoma and Texas,” Kruger said. “In this league, you've got to have very good players.”
Style of play? Maybe K-State of late 1980s
Kruger said he adapts to his personnel, but ideally “we'd like to recruit athletes that can really shoot it and really get after it on both ends of the floor, push it offensively, attack, be aggressive, probably more so than what we did at Kansas State in the late '80s.
“(Fast) break when the opportunity is there. We've pushed the issue a little more the past seven years in Las Vegas. But we want to take good care of the ball, make good decisions and change things up defensively with man being the base (defense).”
Reconnecting with the Sooner basketball family
Kruger stressed he wants former OU coaches and players to be involved with the program. He's already talked with former coaches Billy Tubbs and Kelvin Sampson and former All-American Stacey King.
“It's a shared ownership plan,” Kruger said. “We're just a part of it. We'll be very aggressive with former players. We want them back. We want them at practice. We want them talking to the guys. Sometimes young guys don't fully appreciate how important the program is to guys who played before.”
Kruger said an ongoing 11-month NCAA investigation into the program wasn't an issue because it's not anything he can control. ... Football coach Bob Stoops and Kruger twice were on the same campus at Kansas State and Florida. Both times Kruger left within a month or two for a new job. ... OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said “this isn't the same old, same old,” that the school will review everything from marketing to ticket prices to improve attendance and get more students involved. ... Kruger said he didn't know at first how to react to “Yo Yo is the best” but discovered that's the nickname for basketball strength coach Jozsef Szendrei.