News Nuggets, 04.14.05
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Coastal Carolina lures Peterson as hoops coach
pours cold water on Virginia speculation ... NCAA voids
results of six D-II baseball teams ...
Gaylord Perry set for ECU mound duty ... Baseball America &
Collegiate Baseball Polls ...
Houston players make waves at pre-draft event ... C-USA
baseball standings, scores & schedule ...
sizes up DePaul's Leitao as candidate ... Aussie beats out
Reddick for Wooden award ...
coach signs up for 2nd tour at UNC-G ... Garcia taking NBA
route with Pitino's blessing ...
Bowl pits C-USA against WAC on Christmas Eve ... Sold out
Tulane-LSU game set for national TV ...
Badiane finish among national leaders ... CBS draws best
title game ratings in six years ...
day after: High times in the Dean Dome ... Multiple murder
raps highlight police blotter ...
soaks in the moment as Tar Heels deliver... Drew top QB on
ECU's spring depth chart... 2005 ECU spring depth chart ...
Baseball America & Collegiate Baseball Polls ...
game preview: Roy Williams' time has arrived ... Card return
to elite status after 4-year climb ...
CONWAY, SC — Former Tennessee coach
Buzz Peterson has accepted the job as head coach at Coastal Carolina.
Peterson, fired after failing to make
the NCAA tournament in four years with the Volunteers, was expected to be
introduced Thursday, athletic spokesman John Martin said Wednesday.
Coastal athletic director Warren
``Moose'' Koegel said he received a fax Tuesday evening from Peterson
accepting the job.
A native of Asheville, Peterson earned
four letters in basketball at North Carolina, serving as team captain in his
senior season. He was a member of the Tar Heels' NCAA Championship squad in
Peterson replaces Pete Strickland, who
was fired last month after seven seasons. Strickland never made the NCAA
tournament and never even had a winning season, finishing 70-127.
Peterson went 61-59 in four seasons
with the Volunteers, losing twice in the opening round of the NIT. Tennessee
bought out the remaining two years of his contract following the 2004-05
Before taking the reigns at Tennessee,
Peterson was head coach for one year at Tulsa and four years at Appalachian
State, where he went 79-39.
He led Tulsa to a 26-11 record and the
NIT Championship during the 2000-01 season.
Peterson's Appalachian State teams
posted at least 20 wins in each his final three seasons in Boone and earned
a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2000.
Unraveling of juggernaut title team begins
North Carolina found out about the
first of its national championship basketball team's four underclassmen who
could leave school early.
Rashad McCants, the Tar Heels'
second-leading scorer, said Wednesday that he would apply for the NBA draft
and skip his senior season.
Coach Roy Williams said McCants had his
``complete support'' in making a move the two began discussing in January.
North Carolina fans are still waiting
for the decisions of juniors Sean May, the Most Outstanding Player of the
NCAA tournament, and Raymond Felton and freshman Marvin Williams.
Three other players said Wednesday they
have applied for the draft.
Florida guards Anthony Roberson and
Matt Walsh will apply for the draft but will not hire agents, meaning they
could return to the Gators for another season.
Indiana guard Bracey Wright, like
McCants, said he will hire an agent.
Other prominent underclassmen who have
declared for the draft include national player of the year Andrew Bogut of
Utah, Charlie Villanueva of Connecticut, Ike Diogu of Arizona State, Kelenna
Azubuike of Kentucky, Nate Robinson of Washington and Carl Krauser and Chris
Taft of Pittsburgh.
Players must apply for the draft by May
14. If they don't sign with an agent they can withdraw their name by June
21, one week before the draft is held.
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