Ned Sampson arrives

John Rohde Published: March 29, 2002

John W. "Ned" Sampson, the father of Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson, arrived in Atlanta by private plane at 11 p.m. Wednesday and plans to attend Saturday's national semifinal game against Indiana in the Georgia Dome.

Ned Sampson had brain surgery March 20 after suffering a subdural hematoma and had a follow-up procedure performed Tuesday morning. He was flown from San Jose, Calif., to Atlanta and is resting at a hotel near where the Sooners are staying.

Team trainer Alex Brown said Ned Sampson is tired, but is alert and has full function of his motor skills.

Asked if the elder Sampson would be able to attend games, Brown said, "That's the whole reason he was brought here. You don't have to worry about Mr. Ned. He'll be there."

Money matters

Winning the national title would earn Sampson an additional $70,000 in incentives and boost his income to $987,000 this year.

The contract has him earning $200,000 in base salary, $200,000 in fund-raising duties, $400,000 in outside income and $100,000 in deferred compensation from an annuity.

His maximum bonus package is $117,000.

Sampson will receive $17,000 for winning the Big 12 Tournament championship.

He has received $50,000 for advancing to the Final Four, which would jump to $70,000 if the Sooners win the title.

He could have earned $10,000 for being named Big 12 coach of the year and $15,000 had he been named national coach of the year by The Associated Press or Naismith committee. (Sampson did earn national coach of the year honors from CBS and the NABC.)

He can earn $2,500 if the team's graduation rate is 70 percent and another $2,500 if the team GPA is 3.0 or better.

Other benefits include two cars, two golf memberships, plus ticket and travel allowances. The contract runs through July 1, 2008. has disabled the comments for this article.