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Bruce Pearl hired as head coach at Auburn

Bruce-Pearl-Calls-Lane-Kiffin-a-DumbassBruce Pearl is eligible to return to the NCAA this August. The former Tennessee men’s basketball coach was fired in 2011 amid several allegations of recruiting violations and was banned from collegiate athletics for three years. When he returns this summer, it will be to coach the Auburn Tigers.

As Gary Parrish of CBS Sports first reported on Tuesday, Pearl has reached an agreement with Auburn.

“I’m humbled and blessed to be back in the game that I love,” Pearl said. “I don’t know how long it will take, but it’s time to rebuild the Auburn basketball program, and bring it to a level of excellence so many of the other teams on campus enjoy.”

Former head coach Tony Barbree was recently fired after four seasons with the Tigers. Auburn has not appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2003, and the school has never reached a Final Four.

Pearl spent six seasons as head coach at Tennessee and brought the Vols to the NCAA Tournament each year. As Parrish noted, Pearl could not have described Auburn any better back in August when asked about his impending return to coaching.

“It’s going to need to be somebody that has the vision that Tennessee had,” he said at the time. “Tennessee had a vision to try to get its men’s basketball program to the level of its football program and where Pat Summitt had the women’s basketball program. That was Tennessee’s vision. They said, ‘We’re winning in everything else. We want to do it in men’s basketball, too.’”

“So that would be the job I’d want — a job where somebody has that vision. It would almost need to be a school that’s won a national championship in football or baseball. Somebody who’s done it and wants to try to do it again in men’s basketball.”

Auburn’s basketball team is not very good. Its football team just reached the BCS National Championship Game and is expected to be a powerhouse for years to come. Coaching the Tigers sounds like the exact job Pearl was looking for.

300-pound lineman Freddie Booth-Lloyd can run like the wind (Video)

This video of high school football lineman (and track superstar in the making) Freddie Booth-Lloyd running the second leg of a 4×100 relay for his high school has been going viral, and it’s easy to see why.

Booth-Lloyd, who is a defensive tackle/offensive guard at Cocoa High School in Florida, is listed at 6-foot-2 and just over 300 pounds by most recruiting websites. He is a Temple commit, and Rivals lists his 40-yard dash time as 5.39 seconds. It sounds like Rivals is going to have to update that time.

Booth-Lloyd’s friends recorded video of him running in a track race for his school and posted the video to various sites such as Instagram, Vine and YouTube, and it has blown up. Booth-Lloyd has been responding to many of the tweets he’s received through the video, and he told one person his 40-time is actually 4.9, which is pretty darn good for an interior lineman.

Booth-Lloyd was just loving the attention to the video. Check out his response to some tweets:

Funny enough, ESPN did request permission to use the video. Maybe he is headed for the SportsCenter Top 10!

To give you another look at his size, here is Booth-Lloyd with Temple football coach Matt Rhule:

Freddie Booth-Lloyd

Not bad wheels for a kid that big, huh? Look at him slide!

H/T Deadspin
Photo: Twitter/Swagga_Athlete

Report: Jim Irsay had several prescription drugs, failed sobriety tests

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested for driving while under the influence on Sunday night, but that does not necessarily mean he was drinking. As details continue to emerge, it sounds like Irsay’s arrest was drug related.

According to Bill McCleery of the Indianapolis Star, Irsay is facing four counts of of felony possession of controlled substances. He was charged with driving while under the influence after failing several field sobriety tests.

Lt. Joe Bickel of the Carmel Police Department said in a statement that Irsay was stopped while driving at a slow rate of speed and failing to signal when turning. His vehicle was searched and “multiple prescription drugs were found in pill bottles.” Police found several Schedule IV prescription drugs that they say “were not associated with any prescription bottles found in the vehicle.”

Schedule IV drugs are on the lower end of the substance abuse spectrum and include sleep and anxiety medications.

Back in October, Irsay tweeted that he has not had a drop of alcohol in 15 years. It does not sound like alcohol was involved with his arrest over the weekend. The Indy Star’s Bob Kravitz speculated that the arrest was drug related as soon as the news broke, adding that Irsay has a “problem” that the Colts have been trying to get him to address for quite some time.

In 2002, Irsay admitted he was addicted to pain killer.

“After several years of orthopedic operations and procedures, accompanied by long bouts of chronic pain, I became dependent on prescription pain medications,” he said at the time. “This summer I sought professional help at a nationally recognized facility located outside Indiana. I have successfully dealt with my dependence and my chronic pain issues.”

Irsay could now face disciplinary action from the NFL, as all personnel are subject to the guidelines of the league’s personal conduct policy. If Irsay is struggling with addiction, hopefully he gets the help he needs.

Jim Irsay arrrested for OWI, possession of controlled substance

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was arrested on Sunday night. The 54-year-old was reportedly charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.

According to WISH TV in Indianpolis, Irsay was taken into custody just before midnight. His bond was set for $22,500.

It is unclear what substance Irsay was found to be in possession of. Irsay seems to always tweet like he’s hammered, though he has denied in the past that he drinks at all.

We’ll have more details as they unfold.

UPDATE: Jim Irsay was reportedly charged with felony possession of several prescription drugs after failing multiple field sobriety tests. More details here.

Related: Friend of Jim Irsay says he’s a ‘sick, sick man’

Louisville favored over every team in Midwest Region

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Louisville as a four seed may be the biggest joke of the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to the 2014 NCAA Tournament draw being announced, Louisville coach Rick Pitino said his team looked like a No. 1 seed, even though he knew his Cardinals wouldn’t end up seeded so highly.

He was right — they weren’t a No. 1 seed — but few envisioned them being seeded as lowly as a number four. That was just one part of a grander decision by the selection committee to rank American Athletic Conference teams lowly in the tournament. Besides Louisville, Cincinnati got a 5, UConn a 7, Memphis an 8, and SMU was left out of the dance entirely. Not exactly a show of respect for the AAC.

Anyway, the tournament selection committee may not have given high seeds to the AAC, but the real people who matter — the oddsmakers — know how good Louisville is.

Despite being the fourth-seeded team in the Midwest, Louisville is projected to be favored over any team they play in their region, sports betting insider RJ Bell said on Sunday.

Louisville has gone 12-1 since February, and they really didn’t even have to sweat in their last five wins, which included taking the AAC tournament.

Senior Russ Smith looks good after pouring in 42 against Houston on Friday, and forward Montrezl Harrell hasn’t shot below 50 percent in a game since Feb. 16.

They may not repeat as champions, but the Cardinals certainly have the makings of a Final Four team.

Rick Pitino says Louisville should be a No. 1 seed

Rick PitinoLouisville is ranked No. 5 in the country and just ran through the American Athletic Conference Tournament, but they’re not in strong consideration to receive a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament this year. Coach Rick Pitino thinks that should change.

Pitino believes the Cardinals deserve a 1 seed rather than the 2 or 3 they’re projected to get.

“I judge it from the eye test,” Pitino said after Saturday’s win over UConn via WDRB. “Now understand something, every analyst has an agenda, every coach has an agenda.

“Do I think we should be? Yes. Do I think we will be? No.”

Maybe Louisville’s strength of schedule is keeping them from receiving a higher seed, but it’s hard to argue against what they’ve accomplished.

They destroyed competition in the AAC Tournament. They’ve beaten UConn three times. They won 12 of their last 13 games. But they did lose non-conference games to Kentucky and North Carolina, and their conference blemishes include losses to Cincinnati and two to Memphis. Ultimately, the seed they receive may not matter if they’re as good as Pitino believes they are.

Brent Musburger loved watching these Iowa State girls take a selfie (Video)

Brent Musburger may be nearing 75 years old, but there is still plenty of blood pumping through his veins. Oh yes.

While televising the Big 12 tournament game between Iowa State and Kansas in Kansas City on Friday, ESPN flashed to a group of female Cyclones fans who were posing for a selfie and made them the “sixth man of the game.”

“I am pleased with this selection … oh yes,” commented Musburger.

Is Brent more creepy uncle at this point or just a legendary announcer? I’m not sure, but had ESPN given him a few more seconds with those girls, he might have launched their careers the way he did Katherine Webb’s and the FSU cowgirls.

Musburger gonna Musburger.

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