College Basketball: The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports a news conference to introduce Richard Pitino as the University of Minnesota’s new coach will likely be held tomorrow. The newspaper also reports terms of Pitino’s Minnesota contract are not yet known, but the buyout of his five year deal at Florida International is $250,000. The 30-year-old Pitino replaces Tubby Smith who was fired last week, but was hired Monday at Texas Tech.
ESPN New York reports 13 faculty members at Rutgers University are demanding the removal of president Robert Barchi for his “inexcusable handling” of the mistreatment of players under former coach Mike Rice. Rice was fired Wednesday after a videotape appeared on ESPN Tuesday showing Rice pushing players and berating them in practices.
The championship game of the NIT takes place in New York this evening as Baylor takes on Iowa, with pre game coverage at 7:45 on News/Talk WHOP.
College Football: A report by a former Sports Illustrated writer says Auburn University changed player’s grades to secure eligibility, offered money to potential NFL draft picks to return for their senior years and violated NCAA recruiting rules.
As many as nine players grades were changed before the Tigers win in the 2011 BCS National Championship game. The allegations occurred under former coach Gene Chizik, who was fired after four seasons following a 3-9 record last year. Auburn officials have denied the allegations.
Major League Baseball: Afternoon games include Cincinnati closing out its series with the LA Angels and Chicago at Pittsburgh, with Atlanta hosting Philadelphia this evening.
Golf: The PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open is underway today and the first LPGA major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship is underway in California.