Vols tell Peterson to Buzz off
Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) – The Tennessee Volunteers will apparently
fire men’s head basketball coach Buzz Peterson on Monday.
The Tennessean reported that Peterson was told of the school’s decision on
Sunday following a meeting with athletic director Mike Hamilton.
Peterson guided the Volunteers to a 61-59 record in his four years in
Knoxville, but failed to take them to the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee finished
this past season 14-17 and saw its season come to a close on Friday with a
swift defeat at the hands of Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference
This was just Peterson’s second losing season with the Vols, but his fate may
have been sealed two weeks ago when Hamilton declined to give him a public
vote of confidence.
Some possible candidates to replace Peterson include Auburn’s Jeff Lebo,
Alabama-Birmingham’s Mike Anderson, Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon, Marquette’s Tom
Crean, Minnesota’s Dan Monson, Charlotte’s Bobby Lutz, Winthrop’s Gregg
Marshall and Miami’s Frank Haith. Lebo was a finalist for the UT job when
Peterson was hired four years ago and just completed his first year at Auburn.
Peterson, who still has four years remaining on his contract, was named the
16th head coach in Tennessee history on April 4, 2001 after helping the
University of Tulsa to a 26-11 record and an NIT championship in his
only season with the Golden Hurricane.
His head coaching career began in 1996 at Appalachian State, where he spent
four campaigns. In seven seasons as a head coach, he has compiled a 137-78