Sports shorts: Peabody returns to coach Pima hoops

2013-04-04T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Peabody returns to coach Pima hoopsStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Brian Peabody is back in charge of the Pima College men's basketball program.

Peabody will return for a second stint as head coach of the Aztecs after accepting the job Wednesday.

Peabody coached at Pima in 2003-04. He coached at Ironwood Ridge from 2007-13, winning a state title in 2008 with the Nighthawks. He also has led programs at Green Fields Country Day, St. Gregory College Prep and Salpointe Catholic, in addition to serving as assistant coach at Western Carolina University in 2004-05.

"It feels like home," Peabody said in a news release. "I have a lot of unfinished business from the first time around. It's very exciting to be back."

Peabody has 442 wins as a high school coach.

Men's College basketball

Rutgers fires Rice after video goes public

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Fueled by outrage from even the governor when the video went public, Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday after deciding it didn't go far enough by suspending and fining him for shoving, kicking and throwing balls at players along with spewing gay slurs.

Rutgers referred to new information and "a review of previously discovered issues" as the reasons for Rice's termination.

• Pac-12 Player of the Year and leading scorer Allen Crabbe will forego his senior season at California and enter this summer's NBA draft. The 6-foot-6-inch Crabbe averaged 18.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season for the Golden Bears.

• Andy Enfield was introduced as USC head coach Wednesday. "To get a job like USC, you have to prove you're a winner and that you've done something, and I think we've done that," said Enfield, who led Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 this year as a No. 15 seed.

• Richard Pitino agreed Wednesday to become the new head coach at Minnesota. In his lone season at Florida International, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino led the Panthers to an 18-14 record, the school's first winning season in 13 years. He turns 31 in September.

• Cal State Northridge hired Reggie Theus as its new men's hoops coach.

• The current Big East will be called the American Athletic Conference starting next season. The conference will have 10 members in its first season: Rutgers, Louisville, Connecticut, South Florida, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Memphis, Houston, SMU and Temple.

NFL

Cards' Washington suspended four games

TEMPE - The NFL has suspended Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington for the first four games of next season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Washington made the Pro Bowl as an alternate last season. He led the Cardinals in 2012 with 140 tackles - 110 of them solo. He had nine sacks and 14 tackles for losses.

• The Bengals have acquired quarterback John Skelton off waivers from Arizona to compete for the job backing up Andy Dalton.

• The Washington Redskins agreed to deals with quarterbacks Rex Grossman and Pat White.

Includes material from a news release

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