Houston Rockets: Assistant Kelvin Sampson Agrees To 5-Year Deal To Become University of Houston Head Coach

By Michael Ma

Nov 20, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson prior to the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that Houston Rockets’ assistant coach Kelvin Sampson will be moving right down the street for his new job pretty soon. According to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle, Sampson will officially take over as head basketball coach at the University of Houston.

Sources: Houston is finalizing agreement to hire Kelvin Sampson as its men’s basketball coach

— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) April 2, 2014

Mutual interest between the two sides were first reported last week, after the sudden resignation of James Dickey from the position.

Sampson has been the lead assistant under head coach Kevin McHale since he took over in 2011, after receiving a 5-year show cause order from the NCAA in 2008 for his involvement in recruiting infractions during his time as head coach at the University of Oklahoma and University of Indiana.

Now it appears he will be going back to the college ranks.

The deal reportedly is for 5 years, and a press conference is scheduled for Thursday.