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After earlier conflicting reports that former Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell was either transferring to Alabama State or still weighing his options, Hornets coach Reggie Barlow confirmed that Crowell was transferring.
"We got an opportunity to recruit Isaiah, and I imagine a lot of other teams were recruiting him as well," Barlow said. "But his family, they've made a decision that they are going to come to Alabama State University. He has been admitted into the university. He's registered for class and he will be starting class on Monday."
Alabama State is an FCS school, so Crowell would be eligible to play right away. He has been charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with his arrest last Friday, which resulted in his dismissal from Georgia.
A previous report indicated that Isaiah Crowell was transferring to Alabama State but a new report suggests that he is still weighing his options and has not yet decided on where he will continue his career.
DawgNation's David Ching reports that Crowell's Mother says that her son has not made up his mind yet although school officials from Alabama State would neither confirm or deny anything regarding Crowell.
"He has not made up his mind," Debbie Crowell said Thursday.
Alabama State is an FCS level program and would not require Crowell to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules. Crowell has been charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with his arrest last Friday and may potential suitors are likely waiting to see what the outcome of his legal situation might be.
Well, it certainly didn't take Isaiah Crowell long to find a new program to call his own. Crowell, who was dismissed by the University of Georgia's football team last Friday, will take his talents to Montgomery, Alabama, as he will transfer to Alabama State University.
If you weren't aware, Crowell was dismissed from Georgia's team after being arrested on felony weapons charges.
Crowell stands accused of possessing a weapon in a school zone, and possessing an altered ID mark, both felonies. He has hired top-flight lawyer Steve Sadow, one of Georgia's finest defense attorneys, to represent him in the case, but may not need to be cleared of wrongdoing to be eligible to play for the Hornets.
Because Alabama State is a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, essentially, D-II, he will not need to sit out a year before being eligible to play, and is eligible to play in the fall for the Hornets.
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Whatever happens legally to former Georgia RB Isaiah Crowell, he won't be able to say he didn't get adequate representation.
According to a report from the Athens Banner-Herald, Crowell is being represented by Steve Sadow, one of the most high-profile criminal defense lawyers in the state. Sadow has defended several Georgia football players, as well as one of the co-defendants in the Ray Lewis murder trial and the rapper T.I.
Crowell's best chance would be to challenge the constitutionality of the search that found the unlicensed weapon in his car, but if he consented to the search, that may be difficult to pull off.
As a result, Sadow may try to use his connections in the judicial system to see if the local DA's are willing to give his star defendant some leeway, as prosecutors have significant discretion in terms of what crimes they charge defendants with.
The gods of the ancient Greeks and Romans were all-powerful, but they could also be petty and immature. The dismissal of Isaiah Crowell should serve as our reminder that elite college athletes can be the same way.
Isaiah Crowell has been released from the Georgia Bulldogs football team following his arrest on weapons charges early Friday morning. It comes at a major letdown not just for the Dawgs fanbase, but particularly for a talent like Crowell, who was considered the No.1-rated running back in the country when he came to UGA in 2011.
That potential won't be reached, at least not in Athens. Georgia coach Mark Richt made the announcement of Crowell's dismissal around 5 p.m. ET. Richt had this to say:
"We have a dedicated and committed group of men who are working hard to prepare for the coming season. Our total focus will be directed toward the team and this effort."
Crowell's past is a bit troubled and well-documented. He couldn't seem to stay out of his own way in his short time at UGA. There was a suspension last season, supposedly for a failed drug test, and injuries plagued him as well.
You can read the details of the arrest from the AJC right here.
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Word on Twitter says the records show Georgia Bulldogs running back Isaiah Crowell bonding out of jail about an hour ago (12:44 p.m. ET) since being arrested on weapons charges Thursday night in Athens, with a crew of other Bulldogs players and high school signees.
OK, NOW Isaiah Crowell is bonded out. Records show he bonded out at 12:44 p.m.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) June 29, 2012
It is unclear if legal action was taken against the other four players in the car with Crowell, but officers said they smelled marijuana in the vehicle. That isn't odd of course, since these are youngsters fresh out of high school, but it could still lead to some ramifications down the road for the Bulldogs squad.
Four University of Georgia football players were in the car with sophomore running back Isaiah Crowell when he was arrested on weapons charges Thursday night in Athens, according to reports:
Players in car with Crowell: Josh Harvey-Clemons, Sheldon Dawson, Blake Tibbs and Quintavius Harrow. All were let go at the scene.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) June 29, 2012
Harrow is a sophomore corner and former high school teammate of Crowell's at Columbus, Ga.'s Carver High. The other three players are all newly signed in the class of 2012, most notably Harvey-Clemons, a consensus five-star prospect and a signing day "get" for the Dawgs.
There's likely no discipline measures to be taken for the group, but the fact that officers claimed the car smelled of marijuana won't go unnoticed by Mark Richt and his staff, especially for a group that's yet to even practice with the team.
Details in the early morning arrest of Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell are slowly starting to emerge. Crowell was arrested at approximately 2:20 a.m. Friday morning at a vehicle checkpoint. Crowell's car was apparently searched after an officer detected the odor of marijuana.
Further details from police: Officer smelled marijuana coming from Crowell's car, but upon search no marijuana was found.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) June 29, 2012
Although no drugs were found during the search it did reveal a handgun with an altered serial number under the drivers seat.
However, according to police, a handgun was found below the driver's seat, with an altered serial number. Crowell was driving the car.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) June 29, 2012
Crowell is facing immediate suspension from the University and as a repeat violator could be facing dismissal from the team. Neither the University nor Mark Richt has issued a statement as of yet.
The University of Georgia football team has not officially reacted to the arrest of Isaiah Crowell on weapons charges, however, the school and team discipline policies, which are public, are pretty clear about the fate of the sophomore running back (courtesy of the AJC):
According to the UGA Student-Athlete handbook, a felony arrest means "immediate suspension from athletic competition." A "Comprehensive Action Plan Committee," consisting of UGA athletic administrators and the Faculty Athletics Representative, will then investigate and review the facts and forward a disciplinary recommendation to the athletic director. Recommendations include "dismissal from the team, suspension from competition, reduction in aid and/or cancellation of athletic aid."
Georgia is somewhat famous in college football for its stiff penalties on drug use and repeat violators of any rule, however, there's no clear policy in place regarding Crowell's previous two suspensions in 2011 (one rumored to be a failed drug test).
No matter what, his rocky history in such a short time on campus certainly compounds matters, and with reports indicating that officers smelled marijuana when Crowell was stopped, there's a good chance he could be considered a repeat violator of the student athlete drug policy. Senior corner Bacarri Rambo will miss four games this season after two comparatively minor brushes with marjiuana, so things don't look good for Crowell.
With Isaiah Crowell's status in jeopardy the importance of incoming freshman Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley goes up a notch or two. Ken Malcome emerged from spring practice listed as the co-starter but both Marshall and Gurley figure to play a big part in the Bulldogs' backfield picture this fall.
Marshall enrolled early but was slowed in spring by a hamstring injury. Even though he missed the spring game the extra practice time should give him a head start heading into preseason practice. Marshall is a legit home run threat and was arguably the best back in the country last season.
Gurley brings more of a power running style similar to Crowell. Gurley doesn't have the breakaway speed that Marshall possesses but provides depth should an injury occur and could help give the Bulldogs a solid one-two punch down the road.
Both players figured to get a look and a shot at playing time with Crowell in the picture. Now it is even more likely.
Details are still sketchy regarding the arrest of sophomore running back Isaiah Crowell but it seems to have came from a stop at a vehicle checkpoint that occurred around 2:20 a.m. Friday morning according to a report by Seth Emerson.
Crowell's arrest resulted from a vehicle checkpoint around 2:20 a.m. on Friday, per A-CC police. Further details coming.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) June 29, 2012
Neither the University or head coach Mark Richt has released any comment as of yet. Crowell was reportedly arrested on two felonies and one misdemeanor which many are speculating will put his status with the program in jeopardy. Georgia for the most part has had a quiet offseason up until now. Crowell emerged from spring practice listed as the co-starter along with fellow running back Ken Malcome.
After a productive Spring, Georgia's troubled young running back has been arrested on weapons charges.