Oklahoman: Sampson staying

Thursday, June 8th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Norman-AP) -- Kelvin Sampson is staying at

The Daily Oklahoman reported Thursday morning that Sampson say he met with Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther about coaching the Fighting Illini basketball team.

But Sampson says, quote, "Ron and I discussed the Illinois job, and we both decided to go a separate direction."

Sampson says leaving Oklahoma for Illinois is not, quote, "the no-brainer some people might think it is."

The Oklahoman had reported that Guenther offered a package worth at least $1 million annually, but Sampson would not discuss the details.

Another coach in Oklahoma, Tulsa's Bill Self, said Wednesday that he has not been contacted by Illinois officials.