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Houston hires Sampson

like mother, like son: Tyler Summitt, son of coaching legend Pat Summitt, takes the Louisiana Tech job at age 23.

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like mother, like son: Tyler Summitt, son of coaching legend Pat Summitt, takes the Louisiana Tech job at age 23.

Kelvin Sampson agreed to a five-year coaching deal with Houston on Wednesday, the Cougars saying he was candid about past NCAA problems .

Sampson, 58, was fired from Indiana in 2008 after an NCAA investigation into improper and excessive contact with recruits regarding phone calls and text messages. The violations were repeat offenses from his time at Oklahoma and effectively barred him from coaching in college. That order expired in 2013. He has been an assistant with the NBA's Rockets.

Sampson is 496-271 overall, at Montana Tech (1981-85), Washington State (1987-94), Oklahoma (1994-2006) and Indiana (2006-08).

"He was candid and completely transparent about his mistakes in the past,'' Houston athletic director Mack Rhoades said. "Coach Sampson is committed to leading a first-class program in all areas."

James Dickey resigned at Houston last month.

White bows out at FSU: Seminoles senior forward Okaro White had a strong finale Tuesday in what he called an "emotional'' night. The former Clearwater High standout had 16 points and 12 rebounds in a 67-64 overtime loss to Minnesota in an NIT semifinal.

"I've had a great four years on the court and off the court," said White, who finished with 1,402 career points (tied for 16th in school history) for a 10.2 average and had 107 blocks (10th).

Ian Miller missed a 3 at the overtime buzzer for the Seminoles (22-14), who trailed by 15 in the first half.

"I was very proud of our guys that we were able to fight back," coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I thought we were pressing a little bit and made some poor decisions."

Summitt's son too young? New Louisiana Tech women's coach Tyler Summitt, 23, the son of former Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt, said his top assistant would be Mickie DeMoss, who played at Louisiana Tech and spent two decades as Pat's assistant.

Pat, who was 22 when she coached her first game, called Wednesday "a special day for the family,'' and said Tyler is ready for the job. "He has been preparing for this day since he was a little boy," she said.

But UConn coach Geno Auriemma (30 when he became a head coach) and Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw (a high school coach at age 23) said it will a very difficult job at his age. Auriemma said that when he was 23 he wasn't sure he could even hold his truck-driving job.

"The X's and O's are probably the smallest part," McGraw said. "Recruiting is important, the community, the alumni. There's so many things, handling budgets and just taking care of managing a staff and doing so many things that I don't know how you do it at that age.''

Coaching updates: Tulsa coach Danny Manning reportedly has toured the Wake Forest campus and interviewed for the coaching opening. The former All-American at Kansas who played 15 NBA seasons is 38-29 in two seasons at Tulsa, which this season won the C-USA tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth. … Georgia coach Mark Fox got a two-year extension. AD Greg McGarity cited "very encouraging" improvement in a 20-14 season. Fox is 85-77 in five seasons. … New Washington State coach Ernie Kent has a five-year deal worth a guaranteed $1.4 million a year.

Duke: Forward Jabari Parker is talking often enough about returning for his sophomore season that NBA scouts believe that is a good possibility, ESPN reported. Parker is the possible No. 1 overall pick.

Missouri: Junior guard Jabari Brown, who led the SEC in scoring (19.9), said he will enter the NBA draft but left open withdrawing by April 15 to retain college eligibility.

women's award finalists: Five finalists were announced for the John R. Wooden Award, given to the top female player: Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike, Baylor's Odyssey Sims, Notre Dame's Kayla McBride, UConn's Breanna Stewart and Maryland's Alyssa Thomas. The award will be presented April 11.

Women's Final Four

at Nashville. TV: ESPN

No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Maryland, 6:30 Sunday

No. 1 UConn vs. No. 2 Stanford, about 9 Sunday

Championship: 8:30 Tuesday

Men's NIT final tonight

SMU (27-9) vs. Minnesota (24-13), 7, Madison Square Garden, New York. TV: ESPN2

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