Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson has agreed to five-year deal to take on the head coaching position with Houston in a return to college basketball, according Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. 

Sampson, who has met with Houston officials twice in recent days, will hold a press conference on Thursday to announce his new status as Cougars coach.

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Sampson joined the NBA ranks as a Milwaukee Bucks assistant after NCAA sanctions for impermissible phone calls at Indiana and Oklahoma helped earn him a five year show-cause penalty that made it virtually impossible to get another college job.

Other NBA teams considered hiring Sampson in recent years, and he was believed to be one of the league's top assistants. He interviewed for the Milwaukee and Charlotte jobs.

A return to college basketball could suit Sampson better, as he experienced a long line of success before sanctions forced him to leave the game. He had 18 consecutive winning seasons as a coach at Indiana, Oklahoma and Washington State and led Oklahoma to the Final Four in 2002. Sampson also made 13 NCAA tournament appearances.

Sampson's first move as coach will be to hire his son, Kellen, as an assistant. Kellen Sampson has spent the past three years as an assistant at Appalachian State.