HOUSTON — Nearly on the eve of the Final Four, two University of Oklahoma assistant basketball coaches are apparently leaving for head coaching jobs.
Sooner aides Steve Henson and Lew Hill will be the new hoops CEOs at Texas-San Antonio and Texas-Rio Grande Valley, respectively.
Both coaches will stay with the team through Saturday’s national semifinal against Villanova and, if the Sooners win, Monday’s national championship game. OU and Villanova tip off at 5:09 p.m. Saturday.
Hill didn’t do interviews during the Final Four media sessions at NRG Stadium on Thursday, and Henson declined to confirm or deny his involvement with the UTSA job. OU head coach Lon Kruger later confirmed to The Franchise that they have accepted the jobs.
It won’t affect the Sooners’ preparation for Villanova or the North Carolina-Syracuse winner, but it will have an impact on the OU program. Henson has been a player or assistant under Kruger for 25 years, and Hill is regarded as one of the staff’s top recruiters.
“Just locked in on practice and trying to win,” Henson said. “This is an exciting time. Not something I’ve ever been a part of as a player or coach. Only a couple guys in that locker room that have been. Coach Kruger has, and Shep have. But it’s a big deal. All of our focus right now is on beating Villanova.”