College Football: ESPN has learned 12 Auburn University football players that were members of the 2010 national championship team failed a number of drug tests which were kept confidential.
The team had an epidemic of synthetic marijuana—better known as “Spice”—use. The school did not implement drug testing policies until after winning the 2010 title. The findings were part of a six month investigation done by ESPN The Magazine. Auburn officials are denying the allegations.
College Basketball: Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti is the latest casualty in the school's men's basketball coaching scandal. Multiple sources report he's been fired. The school terminated head coach Mike Rice earlier this week in connection with a video obtained by ESPN, which showed Rice abusing players.
Meanwhile, ESPN reports school president Robert L. Barchi is likely to remain with the school. There have been calls this week for Barchi to resign his position in the wake of the scandal.
Reports indicate Louisville coach Rick Pitino will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later this year. Pitino is coaching in his 7th Final Four this weekend as the Cardinals meet Wichita State in the National Semifinals tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Pitino’s son Richard was introduced this morning as the new basketball coach at the University of Minnesota. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the 30-year-old Pitino signed a six year contract worth $1.2 million annually. Pitino would owe the school $1.5 million to get out of his contract before May 1, 2016.
MLB: National League action includes Cincinnati opening a weekend series with the Washington Nationals. Pre game coverage begins at 5:40 this afternoon on News/Talk WHOP.
The St. Louis Cardinals open a weekend set at San Francisco and Atlanta continues its opening week home stand hosting the Chicago Cubs.