Georgia Running Back Dismissed From Team

Former Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley said Isaiah Crowell getting arrested and kicked off the team may turn out to be a blessing in disguise, according to a newspaper report.

Crowell, a rising sophomore and former 5-star recruit who was the Bulldogs’ leading rusher last season, was dismissed by head coach Mark Richt after Crowell’s arrest on felony weapons charges. Crowell has since transferred to Alabama State, a Football Championship Subdivision-level program in Montgomery, Ala., and started classes on Monday. Crowell will be eligible to play this season, instead of sitting out the required year if he transferred to another Football Bowl Subdivision school.

“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, if you ask me.”

Dooley, who coached the Bulldogs to six SEC championships and one national title in 25 seasons, told the newspaper the negative effects as far as being a troublemaker and a distraction far outweighed any skills Crowell brought to the field.