maurice cheeks (frown)*It’s all over for Maurice Cheeks in Detroit.

On Sunday, the Detroit Pistons sent Cheeks packing after less than a year as head coach.

With a record of 21-29, the Pistons just might make the NBA playoffs in the Eastern Conference, but their new roster has performed erratically.

“This was a difficult decision for the organization to make, but we needed to make a change,” team President Joe Dumars said in a statement. “We have great respect for Maurice and appreciate his hard work.”

Reportedly assistant John Loyer will take over as interim coach. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced an interim coach yet.

doug williams*Well OK, Cheeks is out, but Doug Williams is in … again.

That’s right, Williams is headed back to the Washington Redskins to work in the front office.

The announcement was made Monday that Williams, who led the team to a Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season, will serve as a personnel executive.

Williams quarterbacked the Redskins from 1986-89 and has worked in the front office with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including one season as director of pro personnel in 2009.

Williams has also had two stints coaching his alma mater, Grambling State. He was fired last year two games into the season despite a 61-34 record at the school. Williams’ dismissal upset the players, and they refused to travel to Jackson State for a game later in the season after another coaching change.

“It’s great to be home again,” declared Williams on his new position with Skins