Reports: Oklahoma’s Sampson to accept IU position

Reports: Oklahoma’s Sampson to accept IU position

H-T Report

March 28, 2006

“Indiana is one of the great programs in college basketball and if they call and offer it is a job as a coach that you have to take.”
– Kelvin Sampson

Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson speaks to some of his players, including Longar Longar (30) and Austin Johnson, right, during practice for the NCAA basketball tournament Wednesday, March 15, 2006, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP photo/Alex Brandon)
From the Mar. 28, 2006 Bloomington Herald-Times, citing ‘multiple sources,’ has indicated that the University of Oklahoma’s Kelvin Sampson is leaving Oklahoma to become the next head coach at Indiana.

A news conference could take place as early as Wednesday afternoon to announce Sampson’s hiring.

In 2002, Sampson’s Sooners lost to Indiana in his only trip to the Final Four.

More on this story as it becomes available.

Kelvin Sampson

22 years overall – 435-248 (.637)

11 years at OU – 259-100 (.721)

• 9 straight 20-win seasons (only seven other coaches have equal or longer current streaks)

• 26.0-win average over last 5 years

• Has won more Big 12 games than any coach in the conference’s history

• 12 consecutive postseason appearances (11 at OU) with 11 NCAA Tournament showings (10 at OU)

• 2001, 2002, 2003 Big 12 Tournament titles

• 5 Big 12 Tournament championship game appearances in last 8 years

• Conference’s best Big 12 Tournament record (17-6)

• 147-21 (.875) record at Lloyd Noble Center and 65-5 (.929) mark over last 70 home games

• Big 12 record 37-game home winning streak (2001-03)

• No. 3 final AP ranking in 2002 and 2003

• No. 12 final AP ranking in 2000 and No. 13 in 2001

• 1995 and 2002 national coach of the year

• Coached All-Americans Eduardo Najera (3rd team in 2000) and Hollis Price (1st team in 2003)