Cougars’ Dickey resigns; Sampson in line?

James Dickey has resigned as coach of the Houston Cougars attributable to "private family matters," the college introduced in a press release Monday, and sources say Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson is being targeted as Dickey's alternative.

James Dickey

James Dickey had a 64-sixty two record as coach at Houston over 4 seasons. He cited "private family matters" in resigning.

Sampson was fired from Indiana in 2008 and hit with a 5-12 months show trigger by the NCAA after being caught making impermissible telephone calls. He has since labored as an assistant within the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks and Rockets. Sampson has also been concerned with NBA head coaching jobs.

Nevertheless, sources near Sampson advised's Jeff Goodman that he misses the school sport and is fascinated within the opening. One holdup, though, might be compensation.

Sampson, fifty eight, has been a Division I school head coach at three stops – Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana. He took Washington State to the NCAA match in 1994, then went to 11 NCAA tourneys in 12 seasons at Oklahoma – including a Closing Four in 2002 – and was at Indiana for 2 seasons earlier than being fired.

Dickey had a sixty four-sixty two document in four seasons at Houston, together with a 20-13 mark in 2012-thirteen. The Cougars had been 17-sixteen this season, together with a 3-four file in opposition to Prime 25 teams.

"This has been a troublesome decision to make," Dickey mentioned in a press release launched by the varsity. "I continually preach to my players about being an on a regular basis man, and the balance of your private and skilled life is a significant part of it.

"With that being stated, I've a family matter that requires my time and vitality, and I'll regretfully step down from my current position on the College of Houston… I would like to thank the Houston fans for his or her help by way of the years and enormously encourage them to proceed their help of this system sooner or later."

Earlier Monday, athletic director Mack Rhoades said a search for a coach would begin immediately.

"Coach Dickey just isn't only a great individual and coach however an incredible mentor for all of our pupil-athletes and whole employees," Rhoades stated in a press release. "He made so many of us in our department better. No one has worked tougher than Coach Dickey… He can be missed greatly."


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