Houston to Hire Sampson as Men’s Basketball Coach

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Scott Halleran/Getty Images (HOUSTON, Tex.) — Kelvin Sampson won’t have to travel very far for his new job. The current Houston Rocket assistant has been hired by the University of Houston as the school’s new men’s basketball coach. Sampson will be introduced by the school on Thursday afternoon.

A 25-year veteran of collegiate coaching, Sampson made NCAA Tournament appearances with three different schools. In seven seasons with Washington State he took the Cougars to the “Big Dance” 1994 before doing the same in 11 of his next 12 years at both Oklahoma and Indiana.

The 58-year-old is back coaching in the NCAA after a five-year show cause ban for recruiting violations while at Oklahoma and Indiana, where he was fired in 2008. The order barred Sampson from coaching in college and expired in 2013.

“He was candid and completely transparent about his mistakes in the past,” Houston athletic director Mack Rhoades said. “Coach Sampson is committed to leading a first-class program in all areas.”

Sampson takes over for James Dickey who stepped down for “personal familty matters” following the 2013-14 season. Dickey was 64-62 in four season with the Cougars.

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