Thanks to an incredible season leading Houston into the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984, Cougars head coach Kelvin Sampson has become one of the most popular candidates in the Power Five conferences. There have been rumors linking him to the vacant job at Arkansas, which he was asked about today.
Speaking at his Sweet 16 press conference before a mega-game against Kentucky, Sampson made it clear he has no intentions of discussing his job situation. He jokingly asked which school it was before making it clear that he has no response to the so-called rumors.
“I’m not going to talk about my contract situation. What school was it? I’m just joking….I don’t really have a response. I don’t know what I’m supposed to respond to.”
Arkansas relieved Mike Anderson of his coaching duties after being knocked out of the NIT in the Second Round. His record was 169-102 with three NCAA Tournament appearances in eight years.
When Kelvin Sampson was asked about being linked to the Arkansas job at his Sweet 16 press conference today:
"I'm not going to talk about my contract situation. What school was it? I'm just joking….I don't really have a response. I don't know what I'm supposed to respond to."
— Bobby Swofford (@5NEWSBobby) March 28, 2019
As for Anderson’s replacement, Sampson is certainly someone the Razorbacks would think can reach that next level.
Sampson led the Cougars to a 29-2 regular season record and the American Athletic Conference regular season title. Despite losing to Cincinnati in the AAC Tournament Finals, his Cougars still earned a No. 3 seed in the tournament.
Houston came out the gate on all cylinders, crushing No. 14 Georgia State in the First Round to the tune of a 84-55 victory.
Several days later, his Cougars beat the No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes, 74-59.
The 63-year-old Sampson has taken the likes of Washington State, Oklahoma, and Indiana to the NCAA Tournament in a career spanning four decades.