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Yahoo Sports College reporter Pete Thamel gives you an instant reaction to the hiring of Porter Moser to be the new head coach at Oklahoma after 10 successful years at Loyola Chicago.
PETE THAMEL: After 10 seasons at Loyola Chicago, which included a Final Four bid in 2018 and a Sweet 16 run this year, Porter Moser is headed out of town. Moser is expected to be the new head coach at Oklahoma, brokering a deal late Friday afternoon to become the Sooners' next head coach and replace the retiring Lon Kruger.
In 10 seasons at Loyola, Moser averaged 18 wins a year, won 188 games, but he's best remembered for the magical Final Four run of 2018 that brought Sister Jean into all of our lives. Moser has experience in the Big 12 footprint. He was twice an assistant coach at Texas A&M back when that school was in the Big 12 Conference. He also worked at Arkansas-Little Rock, which is in OU's footprint. And for Joe Castiglione, who tends to be a little bit conservative with his hires and values experience, the fit for Moser and the Sooners made a lot of sense.
On the coaching carousel, this is one of the bigger moves of the off-season. Moser, again, asserted himself as one of the best tactical coaches in the country when Illinois Chicago, as an 8 seed, thumped top-seed Illinois in the second round of this year's NCAA Tournament. Moser has emerged as one of the best defensive coaches in all of college basketball. He'll be bringing that to the wide-open, free-flowing Big 12 and will certainly give the Sooners a jolt of buzz to counter the Chris Beard hire at Texas earlier this week.
This is Pete Thamel in Indianapolis with Yahoo Sports.