03.28.06

Hoosiers Hire Sampson

Posted in Basketball at 5:08 pm by

Bob Huggins has been in the Big 12 less than a week and the competition’s already running for cover. From the Sports Network.

Kelvin Sampson has reportedly agreed to leave Oklahoma to take the men’s basketball head coaching vacancy at Indiana.

Sampson would replace Mike Davis at the storied program, according to the Bloomington Herald Times, and an official announcement could come as early as Wednesday.

In 12 years at Oklahoma, Sampson has compiled a 279-109 record. The Sooners have been to the postseason every season since he arrived for the 1994-95 campaign and have reached the NCAA Tournament 11 times.

Sampson’s tenure in Norman was highlighted by a run to the Final Four in 2002, which ended with a loss to Davis’ Indiana squad in the national semifinals.

The North Carolina native guided the Sooners to nine consecutive 20-win seasons and has the highest winning percentage (.719) in school history.

Sampson led Oklahoma to three straight Big 12 Tournament championships (2001-03) and the Sooners played in the title game five times in the last eight campaigns.

The two-time national coach of the year has a career record of 455-257 in 23 years with Oklahoma, Washington State and Montana Tech.

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