Kansas star Robinson
declares for NBA Draft
Thomas Robinson, the brawny Kansas forward who led his team to a national runner-up finish this season, is leaving for the NBA.
Robinson made the formal announcement Monday in Lawrence, Kan., with coach Bill Self and 9-year-old sister Jayla by his side.
Robinson, the first unanimous first-team All-American since Blake Griffin, led the Jayhawks to the national championship game against Kentucky, where they lost, 67-59. He averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game in 31.8 minutes in his junior season and led the nation with 27 double-doubles.
Other players declaring for the draft on Monday: Vanderbilt junior guard John Jenkins, the Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer the past two seasons; and Oregon State junior guard Jared Cunningham.
Also: Less than a week after its women’s basketball team won the national championship, Baylor said it has been involved in a three-year investigation with the NCAA into what are believed to be hundreds of impermissible phone calls and text messages sent by coaches to young prospects.
The school did not describe any details of the investigation, including which sports were involved, but the announcement came hours after ESPN.com reported that coaches for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs had made more than 1,200 calls and text messages to prospects over a 29-month span dating to 2008. ESPN.com cited an NCAA report it had obtained.
Memo: Arkansas trooper
tied to Petrino coverup
The state trooper assigned to protect Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino said he took a call from an unidentified woman to come get the injured coach, then fielded a call from the coach’s wife as they were pulling into the hospital, according to a released memo.
Arkansas State Police Capt. Lance King also said he called Petrino shortly before the police report that landed him in hot water was released to the public last week.
Petrino called athletic director Jeff Long about 20 minutes after receiving that phone call, and he was put on paid leave that night. Petrino, a married 51-year-old father of four, failed to disclose he had been riding with a female employee half his age when his motorcycle skidded off the road on April 1.
The Arkansas State Police said King didn’t violate police policy or state law.
Also: The judge overseeing the child sex abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky issued a gag order that severely limits what attorneys on both sides may say to reporters.
Judge John Cleland’s order also applies to any law enforcement investigator who has worked on the case and anyone acting on behalf of the lawyers.
The Seattle Seahawks agreed to terms with longtime cornerback Marcus Trufant on a one-year deal. Trufant’s time in Seattle appeared over when he was released by the team March 7, with two years left on his contract.
The Wranglers will host the Idaho Steelheads at 7:05 p.m. Monday at Orleans Arena in Game 1 of the ECHL Western Conference semifinals. Third-seeded Las Vegas also will host the No. 7 Steelheads at 7:05 p.m. April 17 in Game 2 of the best-of-7 series.
The Wranglers went 7-1-4 in the regular season against the Steelheads.
Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., led those advancing to the Elite Field qualifying round in the PBA Tour’s Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes. Daugherty had a pinfall of 3,417, averaging 244.07 in 14 games, with Jim Pratt of Glendale, Ariz., second at 3,238.