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Report: Former Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson to take leave after father's death

by Erik Horne Published: February 18, 2014
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Former Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson will take leave from the Houston Rockets after the death of his father Tuesday. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Former Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson will take leave from the Houston Rockets after the death of his father Tuesday. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Former OU coach Kelvin Sampson is taking leave from his position of assistant coach with the Houston Rockets after the death of his father on Tuesday, according to reports from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

 

John W. “Ned” Sampson passed away Tuesday in North Carolina from causes not reported by Wojnarowski. The elder Sampson coached Kelvin in high school in Pembroke, N.C. and each are also in the UNC-Pembroke (Pembroke State) Hall of Fame for athletics. Their close relationship has been well documented during Kelvin Sampson’s coaching career. Ned Sampson had brain surgery for a subdural hematoma in 2002, in the midst of the Sooners’ NCAA Tournament run to the Final Four.

It’s been a tough time for the Sampson family, as Kelvin Sampson also lost his mother in January.


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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