Sampson back in the college game

Former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson was hired by the University of Houston on Wednesday.

Kelvin Sampson is back in the college game.

The former Indiana University coach was hired Wednesday by the University of Houston. Sampson signed a five-year contract with the school, according to a report by ESPN.

Sampson left Bloomington in disgrace back in 2008 after he committed five major NCAA rules violations and left the program in shambles. He and the school reached a $750,000 buyout at the time.

"I have made the very difficult decision to leave my position as head coach of the men's basketball team at Indiana University," Sampson said in a statement at the time. "While I'm saddened that I won't have the opportunity to continue to coach these student-athletes, I feel that it is in the best interest of the program to step aside at this time."

Sampson had moved his career to the NBA since leaving Indiana. He joined the Milwaukee Bucks as an assistant coach from 2008-2011, and he has served as an assistant for the Houston Rockets since 2011.

Sampson was considered a top candidate for an NBA head-coaching job in the coming years, but chose to make the jump back to the college game. It should be interesting. Top Stories