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 Tuesday, April 18
Peterson in line to become Houston coach
 By Andy Katz

Barring a snag in contract negotiations over the weekend, Appalachian State's Buzz Peterson will accept the head coaching position at Houston.

Sources close to the negotiations have confirmed that Peterson visited the Houston campus Thursday night and authorized negotiations to begin on his behalf with Houston athletics director Chet Gladchuk. Gladchuk talked to a number of coaches but didn't bring in anyone until Peterson.

An announcement could come as early as Monday or Tuesday. Gladchuk has kept tight reigns on his search to replace former Houston Cougars star and NBA All-Star Clyde Drexler, who resigned abruptly after two seasons.

Peterson was a finalist for the Southwest Missouri State job a year ago and was involved in Georgia's search for a head coach. He also was a candidate at Nebraska and Georgia Tech this year.

Peterson took the Mountaineers to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since former Appalachian State coach Bobby Cremins led the Boone, N.C., school to the tournament in 1979. Appalachian State, which was a 14 seed, lost to Ohio State in the first round of the South Regional.

Peterson was a graduate of North Carolina and at one time was Michael Jordan's roommate.