The Senators opened training camp on Sunday. Yashin, who spent Saturday watching tennis at the U.S. Open in New York, had a flight booked for Switzerland, where he planned to train with a Swiss club team.
NCAA Drug Case
Pearl Drops A Dime
Basketball coach Bruce Pearl hasn't lost many games in his seven seasons at the University of Southern Indiana. He's 180-36. But Pearl, who was an assistant at Iowa before he turned the Screaming Eagles into perennial contenders for the Division II tide, has lost a couple of prospects in unusual ways. Last week he triggered a police raid on the Evansville apartment of two of his Eagles—one of whom, 6'6" forward Demetrius Drew, was caught in the bathroom, where he allegedly tried to flush so much marijuana down the toilet that the toilet backed up. Drew, who was unavailable for comment, faces a felony charge of marijuana possession and has a court date set for Thursday.
Why would Pearl sic the law on someone he expected to be, in his own words, "the second-best player on the team"? The answer, he says, is that he didn't mean to do it.
Early last week a Southern Indiana player who was one of Drew's roommates informed the coach that someone in their suite—"not Demetrius," he told Pearl—was doing drugs. "To protect my players, I asked the authorities to correct the situation. I didn't call security on one of my players," says Pearl, adding, "I didn't feel like a snitch."
Pearl, 38, has been called a snitch before. He was at Iowa in 1988 when, in a desperate attempt to firm up an oral commitment from high school standout Deon Thomas, he taped a phone conversation in which Thomas claimed Illinois had offered him $80,000 and a Chevy Blazer to play in Urbana-Champaign. Pearl handed the tape over to the NCAA. The investigation that followed led to sanctions against Illinois for violations unrelated to the Thomas case, but the Illini got their man anyway—and Pearl got the Linda Tripp treatment. Condemned by everyone from Illinois fans to Dick Vitale, he left Iowa and was out of coaching until Southern Indiana made him an offer in '92.
With or without Drew, Pearl says he's looking forward to starting the season and taking a shot at a record that might last well into the next millennium. If Southern Indiana can start the year 20-0, Pearl will reach 200 victories in fewer games than any other coach in college basketball history.
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