Kelvin Sampson: My dad told me what I needed to hear

The seventh-ranked Houston Cougars open the much anticipated 2023-24 season tonight against ULM. In our GoCoogs Interview, Kelvin Sampson discusses his journey to Houston and the influence his father had on him.

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Kelvin Sampson’s team is picked #2 in the Big 12, and they have high expectations internally. But the team is embracing the challenge: they have been hyper-competitive in the preseason, and the staff really likes the roster they’ve built.

But before we get to the hoops, another installment of GoCoogs’ exclusive interview with Kelvin Sampson. Here, he discusses his first coaching influence, his father, John Willie “Ned” Sampson. “My dad was the most common sense, never over-react wisdom,” Kelvin said last Monday. “I appreciate his wisdom.”

Mr. Ned passed away in February 2014.


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“As a University of Houston alum, I am honored that the University of Houston Athletics chose our firm to be their official and exclusive personal injury law firm,” says Stewart J. Guss, the firm’s founder.