Kelvin Sampson has had a lengthy, successful career as a college head coach. This year, he led the Houston Cougars to a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Last night, the Cougars fell to Kentucky 62-58 in the Sweet 16. The team finishes with a 33-4 record.
Sampson has been the focus of rumors for even bigger jobs for a few weeks now. With Houston's season over, those are going to heat up even more.
Before the game, Sampson had a light-hearted response to questions about the Arkansas job. Ultimately, he refused to discuss it.
Tilman Fertitta, the chairman of Houston's Board of Regents and a mega-booster for the school, spoke about the Kelvin Sampson situation last night.
He revealed a lucrative $18 million, six year contract extension on the table for Sampson, but seemed to acknowledge that the coach may very well leave.
Sampson has been at Houston since 2014, elevating the program to the NIT in 2016 and 2017, and the NCAA Tournament the last two years.
Last March, the Cougars lost one of the most dramatic games of the tournament to eventual national runner-up Michigan in the Round of 32.
Sampson is 116-52 in five years at Houston, with a 58-32 AAC record. Overall, he is 614-324 as a head coach, a career that dates back to 1981.