Former Auburn football player Antonio Goodwin was sentenced to 15 years in state prison by Lee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Hughes.
The judge told Goodwin, who was involved in a home invasion in Auburn last year, that "one mistake often has tragic consequences, as it did here."
Goodwin was arrested in March with three others -- Shaun Kitchens, Mike McNeil and Dakota Mosley -- for armed robbery. All four were on Auburn's football team, but coach Gene Chizik dismissed them at the time of the arrest.
Goodwin declined a plea bargain that included a 21-year sentence. Hughes said he took into account Goodwin's own message to the courtroom and character witnesses who spoke on his behalf, including his parents, stepfather, pastor and other friends and family.
---Bobby Petrino, disgraced former Arksansas football coach, has sold his mansion in Fayetteville, Ark., for $1.7 million. The Arkansas Business Journal reported that Petrino and his wife, Becky, bought the 8,741-foot home for $2.25 million in March of 2008.
The house had been on the market for about two years, when he and his wife decided to downsize.
Petrino was fired by Arkansas on April 15 after it was revealed that he used his position to hire his mistress, a 25-year-old former volleyball player for the Razorbacks, to the football support staff.
--- After eight years as the Champs Sports Bowl, the Orlando-based bowl game to be played Dec. 28 is to be known as the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The former Champs Sports Bowl, played since 2004, has changed sponsors -- and thusly names -- six times since 1990 when the Blockbuster Bowl was first played.