Houston Basketball at Sweet 16 after classic Kelvin Sampson effort

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Have you ever watched a training run by Kelvin Sampson?

They are legendary for their severity. They are fast and fierce. In fact, it can be very bad. Sampson compares each other to a raging thunderstorm. Sometimes, it’s more like a “tsunami,” he says.

Bulk ball drills soaked in sweat. banging bodies. Squeaky sneakers.

Those are the practices of a mill, a man who admitted he had an inferiority complex as a young head coach in Pac-12. Now he says it’s a case born of the coach you see today, the person standing in a dimly lit walkway at the PPG Paints Arena after leading the Houston Cougars to the third consecutive Sweet 16 episode.