Houston coach Kelvin Sampson apologized on Sunday night after an assistant coach and a player kicked chairs and a trash can over on their way off the court following the Cougars’ 83-82 loss to No. 9 Alabama.
No. 13 Houston lost to the Crimson Tide on Saturday night after missing a 3-pointer and multiple tip-ins in the final seconds. As time expired, Alabama guard JD Davison blocked a ball near the rim to seal the win — something Sampson and others thought should’ve been called goaltending.
No review was called, and Houston lost by one.
As the Cougars walked off the floor to the locker room, Houston assistant Kellen Sampson — Kelvin’s son — was seen kicking and breaking one chair and then kicking a second one. Houston forward Reggie Chaney also kicked a broken chair, and then knocked over a garbage can.
Houston guard Jamal Shead stopped on his way off the court to pick up trash that was knocked over.
Sampson called Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne and Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats on Sunday to apologize, Byrne said on Twitter.
Kellen apologized to the Alabama program on Twitter on Sunday night, too.
“At the conclusion of yesterday’s game, I allowed my emotions to bubble over,” Kellen said. “I sincerely apologize to Alabama and their fan base for my actions. I understand my role as a coach and my reaction was not indicative of a leader of men. I will be better moving forward.”