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Cougars Hire Kelvin Sampson

By Jeff Goodman | ESPN.com

Houston has hired NBA assistant and former college coach Kelvin Sampson to replace former coach James Dickey, sources told ESPN.

The deal is for five years, sources said.

Sampson, an assistant with the Houston Rockets, will take over as Cougars coach following the Rockets’ game at Toronto on Wednesday night.

He previously had been a Division I coach at Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana. He took the Cougars to the NCAA tournament in 1994 and went to 11 NCAA tournaments in 12 seasons at Oklahoma (including a Final Four in 2002). He was at Indiana for two seasons before being fired.

He was let go by Indiana — and hit with a five-year show cause penalty by the NCAA — after being caught making impermissible phone calls to recruits.

Sampson, 58, has since worked as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Rockets.

He replaces Dickey, who resigned late last month due to “private family matters.” Dickey had a 64-62 record in four seasons at Houston, including a 20-13 mark in 2012-13. The Cougars were 17-16 this season.

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Posted by on Apr 2 2014. Filed under Sports.

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