Coach Sampson Loses Composure
In a dramatic turn of events, Houston head coach, Sampson, was ejected from a game for the first time in his 10-season tenure. After a controversial call, Sampson stormed onto the court, screaming at the officials. Assistant coaches and players had to restrain him.
Sampson “Proving a Point”
ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla commented on the incident, stating that Sampson was “proving a point” with his outburst. Fraschilla criticized the officials, claiming that the physicality in the Big 12 conference had become unacceptable.
Sampson Remains Tight-Lipped
In the postgame press conference, Sampson refused to elaborate on the incident, citing potential fines. When asked about his thoughts, he responded, “I have no thoughts.” Sampson made it clear that he didn’t want to risk a $25,000 penalty for speaking his mind.
Back-to-Back Ejections Shake the Big 12
Sampson’s ejection came shortly after Baylor Athletics Director Mack Rhoades was fined $25,000 for criticizing officials. Baylor head coach, Scott Drew, was also ejected in the same game. Rhoades expressed dissatisfaction with the officiating and called for improvements in the league.
Houston Regains Momentum
Despite Sampson’s ejection, Houston managed to secure a 79-63 victory over the Cowboys. The win served as a bounce back from their recent loss to No. 8 Kansas. It also marked Houston’s 18th consecutive home win and their ninth consecutive 20-win season.
Source: The Associated Press