Rice gets nod as new UNLV hoops coach

LAS VEGAS, April 10 (UPI) -- Dave Rice has taken over as men's head basketball coach at Nevada-Las Vegas, school officials said Sunday.

Report: Kruger to coach Oklahoma Sooners

NORMAN, Okla., April 1 (UPI) -- Current Nevada-Las Vegas basketball Coach Lon Kruger has decided to move to the University of Oklahoma, it was reported Friday.
UNLV extends Kruger's contract to 2013

UNLV extends Kruger's contract to 2013

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Lon Kruger, who coached UNLV's men's basketball team to 57 wins the past two seasons, has been given a contract extension through 2013.

COL BKB: Oregon 76, UNLV 72

ST. LOUIS, March 23 (UPI) -- Tajuan Porter made eight of 12 three-point attempts Friday and scored 33 points in carrying Oregon past UNLV in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region, 76-72.

Hawks to name new coach

ATLANTA, July 7 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Hawks scheduled a Thursday news conference to announce the hiring of Mike Woodson as their new coach.

Woodson to be hired as Hawks coach

ATLANTA, July 5 (UPI) -- After working on the staff of the NBA champions, Mike Woodson apparently will try to improve the fortunes of the Atlanta Hawks.

UNLV Blankson to return for senior season

LAS VEGAS, June 1 (UPI) -- Nevada-Las Vegas forward Odartey Blankson, the Runnin' Rebels' leading scorer and rebounder last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.

COL BKB: Boise St. 84, UNLV 69

BOISE, Idaho, March 18 (UPI) -- Aaron Haynes scored 20 points Wednesday night as Boise State rolled to an 84-69 victory over Nevada-Las Vegas in the NIT's first round.

Lon Kruger named coach at UNLV

LAS VEGAS, March 15 (UPI) -- Lon Kruger, who has coached four college teams and one in the NBA, was named coach of the Nevada-Las Vegas Runnin' Rebels Monday.

Knicks fire Chaney, hire Wilkens

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Don Chaney was fired Wednesday as coach of the New York Knicks and replaced by Lenny Wilkens, the winningest coach in NBA history.

Knicks hire Lon Kruger as assistant

NEW YORK, June 20 (UPI) -- Former Atlanta Hawks coach Lon Kruger, who was fired 27 games into last season, was named Friday as an assistant for the New York Knicks.

Thomas new coach at Western Illinois

MACOMB, Ill., April 21 (UPI) -- Derek Thomas, an assistant at Nevada-Las Vegas the last two seasons, Monday was named men's basketball coach at Western Illinois.

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories

Self named at Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan., April 21 (UPI) -- Officials at Kansas Monday officially unveiled Bill Self as the school's new men's basketball coach, replacing Roy Williams.
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Lon Kruger
SLP99122107- 21 DECEMBER 1999- ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: University of Missouri's head coach Quin Snyder (L) greets his counterpart, Illinois' Lon Kruger, prior to the Busch Braggin' Rights Basketball game, December 21. bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI

Lon Kruger (born August 19, 1952) is an American basketball coach. Most recently, in 2007, he took the UNLV Runnin' Rebels to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Sweet 16 for the first time since 1991. On April 1, 2011, sources are confirming that Kruger has accepted the position of head coach at the University of Oklahoma .

Lon Kruger was born in Silver Lake, Kansas. As a player, Kruger led Kansas State University to back-to-back Big Eight championships in 1972 and 1973 under coach Jack Hartman. Kruger was named the Big Eight Player of the Year in 1973 and 1974, after being named the Big Eight Sophomore of the Year in 1972. He was also a shortstop on the Kansas State baseball team. As coach of the Wildcats, he led K-State to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons as head coach and the Elite 8 in 1988 before losing to the arch-rival Kansas Jayhawks, the eventual national champion.

Prior to accepting the head coaching position at UNLV in 2004, Kruger was the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. It was as head coach of the Hawks that Kruger guaranteed season-ticket holders that the Hawks would make the playoffs or get a $125 refund. The Hawks failed to make the playoffs and Kruger was fired midway through the season. Kruger also held head coaching positions in collegiate basketball at the University of Texas-Pan American (1982–1986), Kansas State University (1986–1990), the University of Florida (1990–1996), and the University of Illinois (1996–2000). While at Illinois, he became the only Big Ten coach to successfully sign three consecutive Illinois Mr. Basketball winners, after inking Sergio McClain, Frankie Williams, and Brian Cook between 1997 and 1999. Kruger is one of five coaches to take four different teams to the men's NCAA basketball tournament. In the process, he led the University of Florida to its first-ever Final Four appearance (1994).

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