Coach Vince Dooley of the University of Georgia said yesterday he is "embarrassed" that the NCAA has put his football program on probation for the second time in three years, and said the school has hired a lawyer to keep it within NCAA rules.
Dooley said Fred Davison, the school's president, hired Kent Lawrence, a lawyer and former Georgia football player, to advise the school and its alumni, and to explain NCAA rules to incoming football and basketball players.
"No way" would he identify who got the school in trouble with the NCAA. The loss of scholarships "was a little harsh," he said, but not harsh enough to appeal. The one-year probation will cost Georgia 14 football scholarships in the next two years. But the school remains eligible for TV and bowl games . . .
The University of Florida will appeal its football probation before the NCAA's executive council Jan. 13 in Nashville.
As it stands now, the school will lose 20 scholarships and can't play TV or bowl games for two years. The NCAA's decision will be final, but the SEC will review it, then decide whether to strip Florida of its 1984 football title, its first ever . . .
The NCAA has restored the eligibility of five Arizona State University baseball players and two wrestlers.
The Pac-10 had made the school declare them ineligible.
The Pac-10's investigation of ASU's work-study program cost the baseball team two year's probation, last year's Pac-10 title and 14 scholarships over the next four years.
The school wouldn't identify the athletes involved, but sources said the baseball players are all-America pitcher Doug Henry, outfielder Todd Brown, third baseman George Lopez, DH Charles Scott and first baseman Ted Dyson.