Sooners head coach Kruger lands on UNLV billboard

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Lon Kruger was hired as the head coach for the University of Oklahoma men's basketball team in 2011. Three years later, a new billboard for the Running Rebels features the former UNLV coach.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the billboard appeared on I-215 in Las Vegas earlier this week. It features UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck alongside Lon Kruger with the slogan "Come to our House".

Kruger left UNLV to come coach the Sooners in 2011.

Dave Rice, who replaced Kruger as the Rebels' coach, was amused by the mistake.

"I thought it was humorous," Rice told the Review-Journal. "It's one of those things that happens. But I'm the last person who would take himself too seriously. Hey, if Coach Kruger can help us sell tickets, great."

But UNLV's interim athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy didn't have a similar response.

"To us, it's not a laughing matter," she said. "We think what happened was the billboard company was doing us a favor by posting the ad but our marketing people never saw it.

"But it's being taken down and we hope to have a replacement with Dave and Bobby up."