Mar 25, 2021 7:33 PM

Former K-State Player & Coach Lon Kruger Retires

Posted Mar 25, 2021 7:33 PM
Oklahoma Head Coach Lon Kruger announced his retirement Thursday. Photo courtesy of CBS Sports.
Oklahoma Head Coach Lon Kruger announced his retirement Thursday. Photo courtesy of CBS Sports.

By Jackson Schneider

NORMAN, Okla. — College Basketball analyst John Rothstein broke the news Thursday afternoon that Oklahoma Head Basketball Coach Lon Kruger met with his team today, informing them of his decision to retire. 

The report from Rothstein was later confirmed by several other entities, such as ESPN. 

Kruger had spent the last 10 seasons leading the Sooners, after having stints at UT Rio Grande Valley, Kansas State, Illinois, Florida, and UNLV. 

The Silver Lake, Kansas native is known as one of Kansas State's all-time greats as a basketball player, having his jersey number hang from the Bramlage Coliseum rafters. 

In his 35-year coaching career, Kruger amassed 674 victories, four conference titles, 20 NCAA Tournament appearances, and two Final Fours. 

His final campaign came to a halt on Monday afternoon, falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to the number 1 overall seed Gonzaga.