April 4, 2019 / 4:14 PM / 18 days ago

Houston, Sampson agree on extension

FILE PHOTO: Mar 28, 2019; Kansas City, MO, United States; Houston Cougars head coach Kelvin Sampson speaks during a press conference for the midwest regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Kelvin Sampson has reached an agreement on a long-term contract extension at Houston, the school announced Thursday.

The deal runs through the 2024-25 season. Financial terms were not made public, but school officials previously said they had offered the 63-year-old coach a six-year, $18 million extension.

That deal would make Sampson one of the top 25 highest-paid coaches in the nation.

Sampson guided the Cougars (33-4) to the American Athletic Conference regular-season title and their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1984.

Sampson, who has been at Houston since 2014, reached a restructured deal in 2016 that bumped his annual salary to $1.4 million.

He has a 116-52 record with the Cougars and is 541-279 for his career, which includes previous stints at Washington State (1987-94), Oklahoma (1994-2006) and Indiana (2006-08).

He had been among the list of candidates for the coaching opening at Arkansas.

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