|Buzz Speaks to Media|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Wednesday, 29 April 2009 08:02|
While Appalachian State was unable to schedule a press conference because of scheduling conflicts, the school’s new head men’s basketball coach fielded questions from area media outlets through a teleconference.
When Buzz Peterson was asked if he would keep his options open for other coaching positions while at ASU, Peterson said, “This is a place where I want to make a difference and make a lasting impression. To me, to sit there and think about a next job, I’m not looking for that. I’m looking for somewhere where I can go coach for 12 or 15 years, enjoy the experience, Jerry Moore type. This is somewhere I would love to go to finish my career and walk away.”
Peterson’s tenure has been an issue with some fans because of the coach’s early departure to Tulsa in 2000 after coaching at ASU for four years.
Peterson said he has also been in contact with former ASU head basketball coach, Houston Fancher. Before being named head coach, Fancher served as Peterson’s assistant. Peterson said he spoke to Fancher about the possibility of him coaching at ASU. Peterson said, “He said, ‘I would rather you coach these young men than anyone else because we’re family. I would rather see you do it than someone else that I don’t know.’”
Peterson’s contract is a five-year deal for $177,500 per year plus incentives. Appalachian State’s sports information director, Mike Flynn, said a letter of intent has been signed, but lawyers from both parties are going over the final contract and the contract is expected to be finalized in about a week.
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