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Thursday, September 5, 2013
UNLV billboard features OU's Kruger

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UNLV has a proud basketball tradition, so pardon the Rebels for accidentally living in the past.

UNLV billboard
This Las Vegas billboard features former UNLV hoops coach Lon Kruger, who left for Oklahoma in 2011.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that a local billboard aimed at generating excitement in UNLV athletics and selling season tickets depicts football coach Bobby Hauck alongside basketball coach Lon Kruger with the slogan "Come To Our House."

One problem: Lon Kruger's "house" is a long way from campus. He's been the coach at Oklahoma for two years since leaving UNLV after the 2010-11 season.

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."

Athletic department officials, however, were not as good-natured.

"To us, it's not a laughing matter," interim AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy told the Review-Journal. "... Our marketing people never saw it. But it's being taken down, and we hope to have a replacement with Dave and Bobby up."