Houston extends coach Kelvin Sampson after NCAA Tournament run

first_imgSampson, 63, has been at Houston since the 2014-15 season and has led it to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of the last two years.Houston this year made the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984 while posting a 33-4 record and winning the regular season championship in the AAC. Related News The University of Houston has extended men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson’s contract through 2025, following the team’s NCAA Tournament run.Houston offered Sampson a six-year, $18 million extension last week that would make him one of the 21 highest paid coaches in the NCAA, according to an earlier report from the Houston Chronicle. March Madness 2019: 3 storylines to follow in the Final Four Asked in the wake of the Cougars’ 62-58 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament if he would be back at Houston, Sampson told USA Today: “I don’t want to talk about that,” before adding, “It’s going to get resolved quick.”High-powered Houston booster Tilman Fertitta previously said that he wouldn’t allow money to be the reason Sampson left the university (via the Chronicle).Sampson’s name was linked last May to the NBA Magic’s open job at the time. He interviewed before removing his name from consideration. The Cougars are 116-52 in Sampson’s tenure and have won at least 21 games in each of the last four seasons.Sampson has been named the AAC Coach of the Year the past two seasons.That success, despite a history of run-ins with the NCAA, has led to speculation that a school from a larger conference — most notably Arkansas of the SEC — might try and lure him away.Sampson has a relationship with Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek, who worked at Houston and was involved in Sampson’s hiring there in 2014.last_img read more