Former Georgia football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley said Isaiah Crowell's arrest and dismissal might turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Bulldogs.
Crowell, the Bulldogs' leading rusher as a freshman last season, was dismissed June 29 after being arrested on felony weapons charges. Crowell has since transferred to I-AA Alabama State.
"I don't want to put any pressure on them, but losing that guy may have been the best thing to happen to them," Dooley told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It was a bad apple-type thing."
Dooley, who coached the Bulldogs to six SEC championships and a national title over 25 seasons, said the negative effects of being a troublemaker and distraction far outweighed any skills Crowell brought to the field.
"That kind of thing will unite a team many times," Dooley said. "Historically, when things like this have happened in the past, they tend to have a unifying effect on teams. They go on to have an even better season than they were predicted to have."
Bowls: Dates and times for all 35 games were released. The Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 (a day later than last season). The Outback Bowl moves back to Jan. 1 after a season on Jan. 2 because of NFL football. Game time remains 1 p.m. The BCS title game will be at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Miami's Dolphin Stadium.
Basketball: Enlarged heart cited in death
A medical examiner said an enlarged heart probably caused the death of Peter Sauer, captain of the Stanford team that reached the Final Four in 1998. Sauer died Sunday at age 35 during a recreational game in White Plains, N.Y. There is no timetable for a final report.
Orange Bowl Classic: Florida State will face Tulsa and Florida will face Air Force on Dec. 29 in Sunrise. Game times have not been determined.
Iowa: Coach Fran McCaffery signed a seven-year extension with a base salary of $1.3 million. Last season, his second, he led the Hawkeyes to the NIT.