Porter Moser reportedly finalizing deal to become Oklahoma’s coach after leading Loyola to the Sweet 16

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Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune
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CHICAGO — Loyola Chicago coach Porter Moser is finalizing a deal to become Oklahoma’s head coach, according to reports.

Loyola had been working to keep Moser, countering with a significant pay raise above his salary of about $1 million.

Moser led Loyola to its second Sweet 16 in four years, building the Ramblers into one of the most successful midmajors in the nation. The Ramblers played in the Final Four in 2018.

Moser turned down offers from high-major programs after that run, including a lucrative offer from St. John’s.

Moser, 52, has been at Loyola for 10 seasons, targeting local recruits to help rebuild the program. The Ramblers have won three of the last four Missouri Valley Conference titles and completed five straight winning seasons.

The Naperville, Ill., native had previous head coaching stints at Arkansas-Little Rock and Illinois State and worked as an assistant under Rick Majerus at St. Louis.

Moser would be taking over for Lon Kruger, who retired after 10 seasons with the Sooners.