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The purge continues at Northwestern University, which Thursday fired head baseball coach Jim Foster. That dismissal comes three days after NU fired football coach Pat Fitzgerald following an investigation into player hazing.

The school’s human resources department found that Foster engaged in bullying and abusive behavior that created a “toxic environment” in the baseball program. Foster lasted only one season at Northwestern, posting a 10-40 record. Sixteen Wildcat players have entered the transfer portal.

Keeping a roster together is also going to be a massive challenge for interim football coach David Braun, who was elevated to the position on Thursday. Players have a four-week window during which they can transfer without penalty. Braun was hired as Northwestern’s defensive coordinator in January, well after the hazing investigation had begun. Northwestern is Braun’s first FBS coaching stop following a long career at FCS schools.

Former Georgia football recruiting analyst Victoria Bowles has filed a lawsuit against the UGA Athletic Association and former Bulldog defensive lineman Jalen Carter. Bowles suffered multiple and massive injuries in December’s drag racing crash that killed a Georgia football player and a female recruiting staffer. The suit accuses the athletic association of negligence in permitting the recruiting staffer, Chandler LeCroy, to drive a leased SUV. LeCroy had four speeding tickets on her record, including two “super speeder” citations. Police say LeCroy was driving over 100 mph and had a blood alcohol content of .197 when she crashed the SUV into trees and utility poles. Bowles’ suit also accuses Carter of leaving the scene of the accident and failure to render aid. Carter was the driver of a second vehicle that police say was involved in a brief drag race with the SUV driven by LeCroy. Carter is entering his rookie season in the NFL after being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the ninth overall pick in the draft.

Rory McIlroy says he’d rather retire from golf than tee it up with the Murderous Saudis. That makes Rory my favorite golfer. Meanwhile, the PGA Tour and the Saudi Public Investment Fund are trying not to raise antitrust alarms in the U.S. DOJ. The pending golf merger “framework agreement” could still collapse, but this wreck has already burned the foundation of the sport. A “good walk ruined,” indeed.


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