Arizona State University Athletic Director Dick Tamburo has ordered an investigation into the use of a mood-altering drug by members of the school's baseball team.

The probe was ordered Friday after a report in the Arizona Republic said at least eight members of the Sun Devils' team had used or been prescribed Nardil, a drug generally used for severe neurotic depression that also, apparently, improves physical stamina.

The drug was allegedly prescribed for the players by Dr. James Gough, a Scottsdale psychiatrist who formerly worked as director of mental health for Student Health Services at Arizona State. He currently works two days a week as a psychiatric consultant for the university's sports program . . .

University of Washington Athletic Director Mike Lude has been given permission to talk to Louisiana Tech basketball Coach Andy Russo about the Huskies' head-coaching job. Russo's name is the latest to surface as Lude attempts to find a replacement for Marv Harshman, who is retiring . . .

South Carolina football Coach Joe Morrison is expected at spring practice sometime next week after recovering from a clot in a coronary artery.

Sports Information Director Sid Wilson said Morrison will be watched closely for the next 24 to 48 hours. Wilson said Morrison should return in time for Saturday's intrasquad game . . .

Ron Fraser became only the second active major college baseball coach to achieve 900 career victories when Miami defeated Michigan State, 18-5, Friday for its 22nd straight victory. His career record is 900-314-7 in 23 seasons . . .

Jim Crews, Bobby Knight's top assistant at Indiana University, has agreed to become head coach at the University of Evansville, university officials said. Crews, 31, is expected to sign a four-year contract Monday, said a school official . . .

Columbia's Caitlin Bilodeaux defeated defending champion Mary Jane O'Neill of Pennsylvania, 8-7, to capture the individual title in the NCAA Women's Fencing Championships in South Bend, Ind. Bilodeaux had a 34-1 record during the three days of team and individual competition at St. Mary's College.