Posted on: March 22, 2010 1:01 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2010 1:07 pm
The East Carolina Board of Trustees is expected to approve late Monday the hiring of former Auburn coach Jeff Lebo as the school's next basketball coach, CBSSports.com has confirmed.
A formal introduction could come Tuesday.
Auburn fired Lebo earlier this month after six seasons at the school.
This development fills one opening in Conference USA, but two remain. Houston coach Tom Penders has been forced into resignation after six seasons despite taking the Cougars to the 2010 NCAA tournament. Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is a possibility to replace him. Meantime, UCF is conducting a search to find a replacement for Kirk Speraw, who was fired last week. Appalachian State's Buzz Peterson has emerged as a serious candidate at UCF at least partly because of his relationship with Michael Jordan. One of Jordan's sons, Marcus Jordan, plays for UCF. Also worth noting is that the school just signed an apparel deal with Nike.
Posted on: April 28, 2009 2:34 pm
Buzz Peterson has agreed in principle to coach Appalachian State, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com.
An official announcement is expected Wednesday.
Peterson rejected an offer from Appalachian State earlier this month, at which point the school explored other candidates, among them Ed Conroy of The Citadel. But a source said Peterson never really left the conversation, and that an agreement has been reached to return the former Appalachian State coach to the same school at which he worked from 1996 to 2000.
Peterson is currently employed by the Charlotte Bobcats.
He has also coached at Tulsa and Tennessee.