As KFOR-TV first reported Tuesday, former OU head basketball coach Kelvin Sampson has been hired as the new head coach at the University of Houston, replacing former OSU assistant James Dickey. Sampson has agreed to a 5-year contract with the school after serving the past several seasons as an assistant in the NBA with Milwaukee and in Houston with the Rockets.
According to sources, Sampson was Houston’s first choice immediately after Dickey stepped down after four seasons. Sampson will soon announce the hiring of his son Kellen Sampson as one of his assistant coaches at UH.
Sampson was Oklahoma’s head coach from 1994-2006. After leaving the Sooners, Sampson became the head coach at Indiana University for three years before NCAA violations forced him to resign.