MINNEAPOLIS -- Longtime Minnesota wrestling coach J Robinson was fired Wednesday, after the university said an investigation into an alleged drug ring within the program revealed he wasnt forthcoming to school officials and made unauthorized promises of amnesty to his athletes.Robinson coached the Gophers for 30 years and led the team to three national championships, developing a reputation as a hard-nosed, outspoken and occasionally combative figure on campus. His teams had as much success as any Gophers coach of his era, but he became embroiled in the drug scandal this spring when police investigated allegations that more than a dozen wrestlers sold and used the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.Police previously declined to file charges in the case, citing a lack of evidence.In a letter sent to Robinson on Wednesday, new athletic director Mark Coyle said Robinson directed his wrestlers to turn the drugs in to him and disposed of the pills. Coyle also said the coach disobeyed reasonable directives from me and university to share information regarding the drug activities within the team.You have not accepted responsibility or expressed remorse for your conduct, Coyle wrote to Robinson. As a result, I cannot trust you to refrain from such conduct in the future.Robinson signed a contract extension last summer that ran through 2020, paying him $146,000 annually. Coyle said at a news conference that the coach was fired for cause, meaning no settlement agreement was reached with Robinson and his representatives. Coyle declined to speculate about whether Robinson could have kept his job if he had fully cooperated with the investigation.Robinsons agent and attorney didnt respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press.I do not intend to address each inaccuracy and/or omission in the report because there are far too many, Robinson wrote Aug. 30 to the university, which made his letter public along with the 31-page summary of the investigation led by university attorney Brent Benrud. For now, suffice it to say that the report sacrifices accuracy to create a narrative to support a pre-determined outcome to find fault with me and exculpate the university and senior employees in the athletic department.Robinson said he didnt promise his wrestlers hed keep their identities confidential. He said he complied with university regulations and informed his superiors, including former interim athletic director Beth Goetz, of the drug issues within his team.He also devised a form of discipline for the wrestlers involved, demanding that they inform their parents of their actions, write an essay about the effects those actions had on themselves, their families and the university and requiring them to submit to drug testing and a chemical dependency assessment.Coyle granted that Robinson did inform his superiors of possible drug issues within his team, but the AD said the coach needed to do more.He did not fully cooperate with our investigation into the matter, Coyle said at the news conference. He did not meet with us for interviews promptly, and when he did, he did not answer some of our most critical questions.Coyle, who placed Robinson on administrative leave on his first official day on the job on June 1, about a week after the allegations first surfaced, said he met with Robinson on several occasions to try to get him to offer details on the situation.The report is filled with excuses for the universitys failure to act and masks the lack of adequate policy guidance and support to assist coaches in addressing situations involving and helping student athletes with drug issues, Robinson wrote in his response.According to Benruds summary of the investigation, a wrestler who brought forward an ethics complaint to the university reported hearing some members of the team turned in to Robinson marijuana, Adderall and Oxycodone in addition to the Xanax, of which about 1,500 pills were produced to the coach.Assistant coach Brandon Eggum has been named interim head coach for the upcoming season.Wrestling coaches at power-conference schools often toil with their teams in relative anonymity, but not Robinson.He became a well-known figure for developing the program into one of the best in the nation and also for his outspoken and polarizing views. 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One of the quarterbacks in the ACC Championship game has already broken records for touchdown passes and total yards in a season at his school. The other one is Clemsons Heisman Trophy contender, Deshaun Watson.Virginia Techs Jerod Evans is just fine with being the other quarterback this week.Evans said he is not going to get caught up in all the hoopla heading into Saturday nights game in Orlando, Florida. While Watson is making a late-season surge that has enhanced his Heisman hopes, and the Tigers playoff chances, Evans just wants to focus on giving his team its best chance to win.Im not paying attention to all the hype or all the media attention, Evans said. ... Ill get my chance, and when I do, Ive just got to make the most if it. It is what it is. Im not focused on that. Once I get my chance, I think people will see, but right now Im thinking about me and my team and what we can do to win this game.Watson, a Heisman finalist last year when he led the Tigers to the national championship game, is expected to be a finalist again this year. He has thrown for 34 touchdowns with 14 interceptions and run for four more.Evans stacks up pretty well statistically with Watson. The Hokies quarterback has thrown for 26 touchdowns with just five interceptions and run for eight more.That may surprise some, but not Watson or Tigers linebacker Ben Boulware.Hes a very great competitor, outstanding athlete, great leader, and great quarterback, Watson said, noting hes watched the Hokies on television, including their game against Pittsburgh when Evans tweaked his ankle, sat out a few plays and then returned. He can make all the throws. He can make any run. Hes a hard worker, and regardless if hes banged up or not, hes going to go out there and be able to play for his team and do great things.Boulware suspects that going against Watson in practice is good preparation for facing Evans, although Evans is bigger and a more significant part of the Hokies running game thhan Watson is for the Tigers.dddddddddddd Evans leads Virginia Tech with 713 rushing yards and a long of 55 yards.I think hes very similar to Deshaun in their approach to the game. I think he might be a little bit heavier than Deshaun, Boulware said. Hes definitely a bigger body, packing a little more pounds than Deshaun, but I think theyre very similar in their game, how theyre able to throw the ball and also incorporate it into the run game.Evans arrived at Virginia Tech during the transition from Frank Beamer to Justin Fuente last December, and had been recruited by Fuente at Memphis. He also was familiar with the up-tempo offense favored by the Hokies new coach, and came with gaudy statistics from his year at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas: In eight games, Evans threw for 38 touchdowns, was intercepted just three times, and he also ran for more than 400 yards and four TDs.Defensive end Ken Ekanem acknowledges that he, and surely many others, were curious to see how Evans would adapt to a significant step up in competition. Ekanem said that any concerns he had were eliminated in the spring.We saw a lot of promise in him in his time here before he won the job, Ekanem said. You know, hes made a really good transition from JUCO to FBS football. Couldnt be more proud of him and the season hes having.Boulware, like Watson, expects the Tigers will have their hands full on Saturday night.Just a guy that wants to win, that will do anything possible for his team, his program and university and that will put his body and sacrifice his body on the line for the betterment of his team, the linebacker said, so you definitely respect that for him as a player and as a leader. 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