Will Buzz bounce back in Boone?

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Nine years after leaving Appalachian State, Buzz Peterson is considering a return.

The Charlotte Bobcats director of player personnel said today he’s been offered the coaching job, but hasn’t decided whether to accept.

“We are still negotiating,” Peterson said.

Peterson spent four seasons at Appalachian before leaving in 2000 for Tulsa. Peterson later coached Tennessee, but was fired in 2005 after four seasons.

He then coached Coastal Carolina for two years before accepting a front office job with the Bobcats offered by part-owner Michael Jordan, Peterson’s college roommate at North Carolina.

Peterson would replace Houston Fancher, his former assistant at Appalachian who was promoted when Peterson left. Fancher was ousted last month with one year left on his contract.

“We’re not going to comment on any of the candidates,” school spokesman Mike Flynn said.

The 45-year-old Peterson went 79-39 in his first stint at Appalachian State. In his last season at the Boone, N.C., school in 1999-2000, the Mountaineers went 23-9, won the Southern Conference title and lost to Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

*****from the Associated Press and also available in more detail on-line at www.news-record.com*****


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