James Dickey has resigned as head coach of the Houston Cougars after four years due to 'private family matters'.

Dickey was thankful to the fans who have supported him in Houston over the years saying: "I would like to thank the Houston fans for their support through the years and greatly encourage them to continue their support of the program in the future."

Discussing his decision, Dickey said "I continually preach to my players about being an everyday guy, and the balance of your personal and professional life is a major part of it.

"With that being said, I have a family matter that requires my time and energy, and I will regretfully step down from my current position at the University of Houston."

The announcement was made by the school on Monday and it is rumoured that the Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson is the main target for Dickey's replacement.

Sampson has coached college basketball before having had stays at Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana and in 2013 finished a five-year show-cause penalty.

Sampson has worked in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Rockets since then and is rumoured to be interested in the position.

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