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E:60 returns with NFL Draft special showcasing Auburn investigation, Alabama star RB, 30 for 30 short film The Irrelevant Giant

ESPN’s award-winning news magazine E:60 makes its Spring 2013 premiere tonight with an NFL Draft Special (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET), 48 hours before the event begins — also on ESPN — in New York City. This is the first of a four-episode E:60 Spring flight with shows also airing April 30, May 7 and 14.

The four features premiering tonight include an E:60 exclusive report on the Auburn football program; a profile of Alabama running back and prime draft prospect Eddie Lacy; an exclusive television presentation of the 30 for 30 short film The Irrelevant Giant; and a compilation of NFL stars’ draft day memories.

In “Up in Smoke,” ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer Shaun Assael goes behind the scenes of Auburn’s 2010 championship season to uncover its hidden problem with synthetic marijuana and the downfall of four players charged with armed robbery.

Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, in his first national television interview about the case, is asked about his efforts to combat synthetic marijuana use. He is also asked about documents obtained exclusively by E:60 that revealed failed drug tests. See an excerpt of the feature in the video above.

On the 30th anniversary of the 1983 NFL Draft, E:60 provides the television debut of The Irrelevant Giant, a new ESPN 30 for 30 short film which premiered last week on Grantland.com. It features ESPN NFL contributor Bill Parcells reflecting on the life and times of former New York Giants player and Mr. Irrelevant of the 1983 NFL Draft, John Tuggle. An excerpt from the film is available below.

“The film was brought to my attention about a month ago by our colleagues in Programming and ESPN Films,” said E:60 Senior Coordinating Producer Andy Tennant. “(Coordinating Producer) Michael Baltierra and I watched it, thought it was terrific and offered great content to our NFL Draft show. We felt the combination of “Elway to Marino” premiering the same night and how 30 for 30 speaks for itself as a brand, it would be a terrific lead into that film’s debut.”

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