Though it will be difficult for Oklahoma to get back to the NCAA tournament, Kruger did not come off as a man feeling the heat. There were several dozen visitors in the gym watching practice on the day that I was there, but that is hardly unusual. Not only does Kruger, unlike most coaches, have an open door policy for visitors, last season he actually live streamed his practices over the Internet. It's easy to dismiss that as a gimmick for a guy coaching at a football school, but Kruger told me he has always had this policy. "I'd do that no matter where I was coaching," he told me. "It's really good for families. There's nothing better than watching you kids play. And I want the media there because it gives them a better understanding of what's going on. We don't have a lot of secrets."
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