Houston coach Kelvin Sampson signed a contract extension to remain with the Cougars during the 2024-25 season, the school announced Thursday.
Sampson had been the main candidate for work in Arkansas once the Razorbacks fired Mike Anderson last month.
"I'm excited to be at the University of Houston," said Sampson. "We build this program to a point where we can compete for the championships now, and I'm glad our administration is on board."
Sampson quoted Chancellor Renu Khator, board of regents chairman Tilman Fertitta and athletic director Chris Pezman saying that "they have given us the opportunity to compete for the championships – that's all a coach wants."
Sampson, 63, took over Houston in 2014 and has led the Cougars to two appearances in NCAA tournaments in five seasons. They finished 33-4 this season, won the American Athletic Conference and advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing against Kentucky last week.
"I'm proud of our team this year," he said. "The people who matter most are the players, everything we do is for them, we have great young people who represent this university in the right way, I am excited to continue being the coach and recruiting children that our fan base can be proud". "We are excited about the future."
The financial terms of the extension were not disclosed.
Sampson has revived a college career that was derailed by NCAA violations regarding inadmissible calls for recruits in both Oklahoma and Indiana. Those violations resulted in a five-year NCAA order that kept Sampson, who led the Sooners to the Final Four in 2002, out of college training until he was hired in Houston.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.