Houston, Kelvin Sampson agree to contract extension

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The University of Houston and Kelvin Sampson came to an agreement on a contract extension that will keep the 63-year old head coach under contract with the program through the 2024-25 season.

Last week, Tilman Fertitta told reporters that the offer on the table to Sampson was a six-year deal with $18 million. The extension came as a result of the interest that Arkansas showed in Sampson after they fired head coach Mike Anderson.

“I am excited to be at the University of Houston. We built this program to a point where we can compete for championships now, and I am glad our administration is on board,” Sampson said in a statement. “(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.”

According to reports, one of the factors that played into Kelvin’s decision to sign this extension was that his son, Kellen, was named head coach in waiting.