by Bill DiFilippo

The University of Houston has reportedly hired former Indiana head coach and current Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson to be the team’s new coach.

Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported a few minutes ago that a deal with Sampson was “nearing agreement.” 

Via Yahoo! Sports:

Sampson, 58, would leave his job with the Houston Rockets, where he serves as the top assistant coach, and take over the Cougars program once the agreement is finalized, sources said.

Sampson met with university officials twice in the past several days – including Saturday, sources said.

A few minutes later, Matt Norlander of CBS Sports reported that the two sides had agreed to a deal.

Norlander’s report was confirmed by fellow CBS Sports college basketball writers Gary Parrish and Jeff Borzello a few minutes later.

Sampson compiled a 496-271 career record at Indiana, Oklahoma, Washington State and Montana Tech. However, he received a five-year show-cause order in 2008, which meant that if a team wanted to hire him, it would need to impose sanctions on Sampson or “show cause” that Sampson properly served his punishment. The show-cause recently expired, so Sampson will be able to coach without any sanctions levied upon him.