Norm Parrish, fired as an assistant basketball coach at Northwest Nazarene College here because of his religion, has been accepted as a graduate assistant at University of Utah.

Parrish was dismissed as a coach at the Nazarene college when school officials learned he was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He said he leaves Thursday for Salt Lake City for the unpaid position.Parrish said Utah Coach Lynn Archibald heard about Parrish's firing through the news media, and called last Friday offering a job.