Don’t worry, Cougar fans, Kelvin Sampson is here to stay.
After much speculation of Sampson’s departure in connections to job openings like Arkansas following Houston’s remarkable season, the school announced Thursday that the head coach had agreed to a contract extension keeping him in Houston through the 2024-2025 season.
"I am excited to be at the University of Houston,” Sampson said via the school website. “We built this program to a point where we can compete for championships now, and I am glad our administration is on board. (Chancellor) Renu (Khator), (UH System Board of Regents Chairman) Tilman (Fertitta) and (Vice President for Athletics) Chris Pezman) have done a great job of supporting all our programs. They have given us a chance to compete for championships. That's all a coach wants. I am proud of our team this year. The people that matter most are the players. Everything we do is for them. We have great young men who represent this University the right way. I am excited to continue to be the coach and recruit kids that our fan base can be proud of. We are excited about the future."
Houston finished 2018-19 at 33-4 and capturing its first conference regular season championship since 1984.
According to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle, Kelvin’s son, assistant coach Kellen Sampson, also received an extension and was named head coach-in-waiting.
"The Houston Cougars are committed to winning at the highest level and under Kelvin's coaching and leadership I have no doubt we will be competing for championships for years to come," University of Houston Board of Regents Chairman Tilman Fertitta via the school website. "This is a great day for the University of Houston, and it's a great day for the city of Houston. Everyone wants a winner and we have one with this coach and this basketball program."