Breaking News: UNLV Coach Lon Kruger Set to Sign With the Oklahoma Sooners

Michael CampanellaContributor IApril 1, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 11:  Head coach Lon Kruger of the UNLV Rebels watches his team during their 74-72 loss to the San Diego State Aztecs in a semifinal game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center March 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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UNLV Head Coach Lon Kruger has decided to accept the coaching position offered by the Okalhoma, CBS Sports, Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Review Journal and the Oklahoma reported.

According to reports, its an estimated $2 million per year salary and is scheduled for eight years.  Lon has done a fantastic job with the Rebel program in Las Vegas, in bringing it back to the high status it has seen before in the Jerry Tarkanian days.

The program has really flourished under his regime including numerous NCAA appearances and a Sweet Sixteen showing. 

Kruger leaves the program in excellent status with prized recruits and current players, and most importantly, a clean, non-NCAA scrutinized program.

It seems that Kruger has given it all, considering the school's inability for National prominence—especially that there is very limited national television exposure including no contract with ESPN for coverage.

He was and still is a fantastic figure in the community, as he has built a struggling basketball team that has many loyal fans and boosters that faithfully support the program.

Some names being looked at for replacement are ex-UNLV players David Rice and Reggie Theus.