E:60 Returns to Scene of Iowa H.S. Football Murder; Kobe Returns to Philadelphia
E:60 (Tuesday, 7 p.m., ET ESPN)
The award-winning newsmagazine E:60 returns with five consecutive weeks of new programs, continuing its high standard of investigative journalism, exclusive interviews and long-form television storytelling. Tuesday:
Sacred Acre – For the past two years, E:60 has followed the story of Ed Thomas, the celebrated Iowa high school football coach who helped his town rebuild after a devastating tornado, only to be later murdered by one of his former players. Following Mark Becker’s recent conviction for the killing, reporter Steve Cyphers returns to Iowa for exclusive interviews with Thomas’ widow, Jan, and members of the Becker family. The Thomas and Becker families, friends before the tragedy, have helped each other with the healing process.
Kobe Goes Home –
Also: The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap (Friday, 10 p.m., ESPN Radio)
Although he was a suburban Philadelphia high school basketball standout, Kobe Bryant has never enjoyed a warm relationship with his hometown and has often been booed when his Lakers have played the 76ers. Reporter Lisa Salters goes back to Philadelphia with Bryant where they visit some of his favorite places and learn that the estranged relationship may be warming.
USC’s AD Garrett: Man in the Middle
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m., ESPN)
The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap (Friday, 10 p.m., ESPN Radio)
This month, the NCAA is expected to announce penalties for infractions involving former USC basketball star O.J. Mayo and former USC football star Reggie Bush. One of the issues being considered by the NCAA is the level of institutional control exhibited by the USC athletic department under athletic director Mike Garrett, a former USC running back and 1965 Heisman Trophy winner who won a Super Bowl with the Chiefs. Since becoming AD in 1993, Garrett has gained a reputation for firing coaches on a whim and berating players in locker rooms. But he is also known for his accomplishments, including spearheading the construction of USC’s Galen Center, and hiring Pete Carroll, who brought USC football back to prominence. Steve Delsohn examines Garrett’s controversial rule over the USC athletic program, and how much he should be held responsible for the school’s NCAA violations.
Clausen, Bradford, McCoy & Tebow go Camping with Coach Gruden
SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp (Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m., ESPN)
Excerpts (SportsCenters throughout the week)
What do Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow and Jimmy Clausen have in common? Each recently spent a day with former NFL coach — and current Monday Night Football analyst — Jon Gruden, for intense one-on-one critique. Gruden sat down with each to analyze their game films, discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and prepare them for life as an NFL quarterback. Gruden explains how Bradford could have avoided injuries, who would be a good role model for McCoy, what Clausen needs to do to become a team leader, and how Tebow’s new throwing delivery can make or break his chances in the NFL.
Waiting for Tiger
ESPN.com (Outside the Lines)
The world’s best golfer returns from rehab and a sex scandal to play at the Masters. What will we be looking for, and why? Wright Thompson takes a look in this Outside the Lines report on ESPN.com.
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