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OU basketball: You know Lon Kruger, but do you know 'Slick'?

Late in Lon Kruger's press conference Friday, he was joined on the dais by his five starters.

He probably wishes he hadn't been -- they got some dirt on their coach.

A few minutes after the players arrived, the Oklahoma coach was asked about his college nickname -- "Slick." When the reporter said the nickname, every player's mouth fell open. Each one of them turned with wide eyes to look at Kruger, who said, "I have no idea what you're talking about."

He smiled.

"I'd like to say it started because I was pretty smooth, you know. It was probably more about the haircut. I was one of six children, five boys. We didn't want to spend that money on a barber, so Dad bought himself a pair of clippers. The only thing he could kind of do was give us a burr cut. I think that's probably what it started with."

When Ryan Spangler was asked if he expected to start calling Kruger by his nickname, the Sooner senior said, "He might make us run for that."

Fellow senior Buddy Hield piped up, "He ain't going to make us run no more. We done."

Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›