The once national coach of the year for Oklahoma left the program for a job with the Indiana Hoosiers and landed a few assistant positions with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and currently the Houston Rockets.
Sampson has been a name floated around in the NBA as a possible head coaching candidate, but after leaving the college game in 2008, he’s only served as an assistant at the professional level.
The coach who led Oklahoma to three Big 12 championships and a Final Four appearance will not be leaving the city of Houston as reports indicate he will sign a five-year deal with the University of Houston Cougars.
The Cougars finished the 2013-14 season with a 17-16 record, but Sampson is a proven winner at the collegiate level and has been able to do wonders even in his first year on campus—going 23-9 record his first year with the Sooners.
Recruiting violations that have warranted NCAA investigations caused Sampson to resign from his position with Indiana.
During his time at Oklahoma, Sampson and his staff were cited for making over 500 impermissible phone calls to 17 recruits.
His misconduct casted a bit of dark shadow on his college coaching career, despite a winning percentage at Oklahoma of 71.9%.
Hopefully, things go much better for Sampson with his new team and can avoid violating those pesky NCAA rules.
As a guy who grew up on Sampson ball, who was hired to Oklahoma three months before I was born, I definitely hope he can excel.