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Monday, May 23, 2011
Lon Kruger has Toby Keith's support

By Diamond Leung

Country music star Toby Keith is a big-time Oklahoma fan. He performed at a game last season in honor of the late Wayman Tisdale and is a fixture at games.

Toby Keith
Country singer Toby Keith on new Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger: "The fence-sitters have already converted to Lon's side."
He's also a fan of the hiring of Lon Kruger, according to the Tulsa World.
"Looove Lon Kruger," Toby Keith told me Saturday morning. "Lon Kruger is a perfect hire. I know people have been chattering about who we should have hired and whether we should have fired Jeff Capel, the pros and cons. But the fence-sitters have already converted to Lon's side."

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"They're the kind of guys [Kruger's recruits] that will make a difference on this team immediately," Keith said. "I don't know if we had that (under Capel) coming in immediately. One way or another, he's hit the street here in about a month and made changes that are going to make a difference.

"He's won everywhere he's been. He's no BS. They're going to play hard defense and do what they do."

Kruger, even after leaving UNLV to take the Oklahoma job, stayed on as chair of the Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic fundraiser that features numerous coaches from the Mountain West Conference. According to the Tulsa World, Keith is flying out to take part in that event.

That's great news for Kruger as he aims to fit in as the new guy in Oklahoma. It wasn't easy to pry him from UNLV, but Oklahoma persisted and awarded him a seven-year, $16.6 million contract.

Keith, who has belted out "How Do You Like Me Now?!" among other tunes over the years, is at least one superfan convinced it was the right move.