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Indiana finalizing deal to hire Oklahoma’s Sampson

n INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will hire Kelvin Sampson as its next basketball coach, taking him from an Oklahoma team under the cloud of a recruiting investigation to lead one of the most prestigious programs in the country.

Sampson broke the news to his Sooner team Tuesday, the same day Indiana players were informed, one of the Hoosier players’ relatives told The Associated Press.

Details were being worked out Tuesday afternoon, and the deal was expected to be announced shortly, said a person close to the talks who requested anonymity because negotiations were ongoing. No news conference was scheduled.

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