Kruger was a good coach not a great coach. Never won big but always competitive. I never recall him being involved in nasty recruiting/academic scandals either like Self, Cal, Williams, other guys considered big winners.
One of my favorite what if’s that has always intrigued me is what if Lon Kruger doesn’t leave Illinois for the Hawks in 2000? What becomes of Bill Self? Does Doug Dickey realize the mistake that he made in ‘97 when he passed Self over and decides to hire him in 2001? Does Self end up in Ann Arbor that same off season? And what happens with the KU job after Roy left for UNC? Hard to believe that they would have hired Self, unless he had remarkable success in his year or two after leaving Tulsa.
I like to think that Grant Hill falling on his tailbone literally one second into the game softened Duke up for Arkansas. That and Scotty Thurman’s prayer rainbow 3 over Antonio Lang’s finger. Duke had that game won. Grant Hill would’ve had 3 rings if Duke pulled that out..