Porter Moser leaving Loyola Chicago for Oklahoma

Mar 27, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Loyola-Chicago Ramblers head coach Porter Moser reacts in the second half against the Oregon State Beavers during the Sweet 16 of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Porter Moser is leaving Loyola Chicago to become the coach at Oklahoma, multiple outlets reported Friday afternoon.

Moser will replace Lon Kruger, who retired late last month.

Moser guided the Ramblers on two memorable NCAA Tournament runs — reaching the Final Four in 2018 and the Sweet 16 this season.

Loyola Chicago went 26-5 this season, including NCAA tourney victories over Georgia Tech and No. 1 seed Illinois. The Ramblers’ season ended with a loss to Oregon State last Saturday.

Moser, 52, has a 188-141 record in 10 seasons at Loyola Chicago, but is a stellar 99-36 over the past four seasons.

Moser’s best season was the 32-6 mark in 2017-18 when the No. 11 seed Ramblers upset Miami, Tennessee and Nevada and then routed Kansas State to reach the Final Four. The dream season ended with a 69-57 loss to Michigan.

The two deep tourney forays turned team chaplain “Sister Jean” into a beloved national figure. The 101-year-old’s real name is Jean Dolores Schmidt.

Moser is a native of the Chicago suburb of Naperville. He also has been a head coach at Little Rock (54-34 in three seasons) and Illinois State (51-67 in four seasons) and has a 293-242 overall mark over 17 seasons.

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–Field Level Media