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OU coach Lon Kruger recently denied reports that he is involved as a candidate in UCLA's search for a new men's basketball coach. (Kyle Phillips / The Transcript)

Lon Kruger quickly denied a recept report that he was in contention for the vacant UCLA head coaching position.

The Sooners coach responded to a Los Angeles Times' report with a brief statement, which denies his involvement in the Bruins' coaching search.

“I have not interviewed for the job at UCLA, nor have I had any contact with anyone from UCLA," Kruger said in a statement.

Kruger was mentioned in the report as a candidate, but Tennessee's Rick Barnes is believed to be the frontrunner.

Kruger just finished his eighth season as OU's coach and is 160-105 (72-72 in Big 12) with the Sooners program.