They offered him one before the season he turned it down. According to the fans down there, he wants his son to take over when he retires. His contract with Houston runs through 20-21. He would be 65 (retirement age). So, he may not be interested in another rebuild.
Not saying he will turn us down, but something to consider
But Anderson has been here for 8 years, hence he built the foundation at age 51. Barnes did it at 60 and still has years to build on. Sampson, my opinion, is 63 and doesn’t have that many years to build a program.
My comments aren’t of him being to old, it’s from Houston fans beliefs of why he turned down the extension. I’m speculating that if that’s the reason, he may be done coaching.
Now, my personal opinion, and I’ve posted this before, is his career stats aren’t that much better than Mike’s. He’s been a coach twice as long and has won twice as many conference titles, has a lower percentage of getting to the dance, and has 5 trips to the second weekend compared to Mike’s two (in twice the time). To me he’s not an upgrade, but I have a feeling he will end up our coach.
Good point General. Or he has risen from the ashes, taken a non-power 5 to the sweet sixteen or farther, and wants to solidify his
legacy by coaching a down program to the top. He goes 2-3 years past 65 w a successor in the waiting.
I’ve seen three names pop up through the various boards in the last couple days of young coaches, I don’t think any would be met with high expectations, but I’d much rather take a chance on them than pay a lot to some established coaches who fail.
I said in another thread, I don’t think it’s Sampson. His age, him wanting his son to be his successor, his pay (with incentives it’s 3.5 million this year and could be more next year), I can’t see him leaving Houston. I’d be shocked if he does. I don’t think it’s Beard, I’ve said before Beard said TT is home, and Dudley has said he’s not leaving except for a hand full of Blue Bloods. I can’t see it being Buzz Williams. aTm wants Buzz, that, much like what you’re saying with Fertitta, would be a bidding war. I can’t see any of those being realistic possibilities. I don’t think that would stop another Gus debacle in which AR throws the kitchen sink at any of them only to have them say no. I also don’t think it’ll be Hoiberg, Donovan, or Stewart. Two aren’t leaving the NBA, and the third seems to already be locked into Lincoln.
I think the name is on the list that was posted in the link. Any of those young guys.