A financially arrogant Texan can be a challenge in a deal like this. If it truly boils down to money with Sampson, then he may stay at UH. But who really knows if he likes his current AD, playing in the AAC, etc. – other aspects of the job. He may also be able to cut a deal for his son to be head coach there. I’m not too fired up about that.
The problem for HY will be that all this stuff about the son as the Prince of Wales is out there, and he is going to get asked directly by media and fans whether he promised KS that would happen or even if the son would get consideration.
That puts HY in a real awkward spot because if he admits that the son would even get consideration that is going to stir up a big segment of the fan base-including me. We should never hire an assistant coach without meaningful head coaching experience as the HC for football or basketball. Kellen Sampson has none, he was an assistant at App. State and SFA before Dad hired him.
By the way, Kellen’s sister, Lauren, is the “director of external operations” for Houston. She “oversees the publicity” for the men’s team and “supervises a variety of team functions every year”. She’s worked at the schools where Dad worked for most of her adult life, with a break as a pharmaceutical rep while KS was out of coaching.
Bottom line. If Yuracheck fired Mike without working out a deal with the next coach, that is a grave mistake. I hope he did work it out. Although I don’t know HY well and he kind of looks lightweight. At least Jeff Long was well connected.
Got my fingers crossed that we will get someone that can keep a kid like Moody in the state and uplifts recruiting two fold.