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Sampson's deal at Houston worth at least $4.5 million

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New University of Houston coach Kelvin Sampson gets a five-year contract that could pay him more than $1 million a year.

"His deal is a five-year deal, $4.5 million," Rhoades said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.

"The contract will contain some incentives where if we have some success as it pertains to the NCAA Tournament, he has a chance to do better than that."

Rhoades confirms if Sampson hits his incentives he could make more than $1 million a year.

Sampson had significant success as a college head coach at Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana.

He was the Rockets' top assistant since 2011.

"As we conducted our search, we spoke with many people who employed, worked with and worked for Kelvin Sampson at his previous institutions as well as

current and former NCAA officials," said Rhoades, UH vice president for intercollegiate athletics.

"Those reviews were extremely encouraging and,in multiple meetings with Kelvin, he was candid and completely transparent about his mistakes in the past.

Coach Sampson is committed to leading a first-class program in all areas and is excited to return to the college game."

"I made mistakes; I learned from my mistakes," Sampson said. "I didn't agree with all of the NCAA's conclusions but accepted them and moved on, and I respect the NCAA as an institution.

"The head coach is responsible for his program. I will be responsible for the University of Houston basketball program, and compliance will be a high priority. My staff will know that.

"I appreciate the opportunity to return to the college game, where I belong."

Houston attorney Reid Gettys, a former guard at the University of Houston and charter member of Phi Slama Jama, calls the hiring of Sampson by UH as its

next men's basketball coach "a home run" for the school.

Gettys played for the University of Houston from 1982-1985, taking part in all three runs to the Final Four by the teams known as Phi Slama Jama.

"I am beyond ecstatic," Gettys said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that the University of Houston, we could have hired a coach of his stature.

"I'm telling you Mack Rhoades absolutely hit it out of the ballpark."

Gettys also works as a television analyst for the Big 12 Network, and had many opportunities to observe Sampson while he was the head coach at Oklahoma.

"Covering the Big 12 I've known Kelvin 15 years, if not 20 years," Gettys said. "I've been to dozens and dozens of his practices.

"I've never in all my years, I've never seen a team, I've never seen young men play harder for somebody than they do for Kelvin. There's a connection there between him and his kids. They love him and respect him so much that their practices are usually more intense than most games you would see. It's because they don't want to let him down."

Gettys knows he may receive some criticism for this, but he believes Sampson is already one of the top college basketball coaches in the country for the University of Houston.

"People may roll their eyes when I tell you he's a top-ten coach in the country," Gettys said. "I'm telling you, when you see him on the floor and you see the way he gets kids to respond and meet their potential and overachieve, he is absolutely a top-ten coach in the country.

"I'm beside myself with excitement for our program."

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