Kelvin Sampson is staying put at Houston. A new deal is in the works and it will likely be signed and announced before the end of the day, reports The Houston Chronicle. The deal will be in the neighborhood of six years, $18 million, which would make him among the 20 highest paid coaches in college basketball.
So why do we care here in Kentucky, you ask? Because it was rumored that Sampson would leave the Cougars for Arkansas this offseason to replace Mike Anderson. Arkansas’ athletic director came from Houston, where he was Sampson’s boss, and Sampson was believed to be at the top of the list to replace Anderson.
Sampson was asked about the Arkansas job prior to meeting Kentucky in the Sweet 16 last week, to which he replied, “I”m not going to talk about my contract situation. And my response to, um… what school was it? I was just joking. I didn’t know if you’d said Arizona or Arkansas or Alaska. There’s been a lot of those schools over the years. I don’t really have a response to it. I don’t really know what I’m supposed to respond to. There’s nothing to respond to.”
Now, barring a late plot twist, Sampson will stay in Texas, away from Kentucky and the Southeastern Conference.