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SW Missouri St. Names Hinson Coach

April 21, 1999

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ Barry Hinson, basketball coach at Oral Roberts the last two seasons, was hired today to succeed Steve Alford at Southwest Missouri State.

Hinson had been widely reported to be the top choice since he visited the campus on Sunday to interview for the job.

Alford resigned March 22 to become head coach at Iowa, and Buzz Peterson of Appalachian State was the first choice to succeed him. Peterson, in fact, accepted the job on April 8 but backed out the next morning, hours before a news conference introducing him was to have taken place.

Southwest Missouri officials said that incident prompted them not to reveal the new coach’s name until they actually introduced him this morning.

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