15 yrs. for 1st Auburn defendant

Posted: June 20, 2012

A JUDGE HAS sentenced former Auburn wide receiver Antonio Goodwin to 15 years in prison for an armed home-invasion robbery that also resulted in charges against three teammates from the 2010 national championship team.

Lee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Hughes imposed the sentence Tuesday in Opelika, Ala., while Goodwin, 21, stood silently with arms behind his back.

"I want to apologize for my action and my poor judgment," Goodwin said before the sentencing. "In the time I was at home, I had time to think about it and I've become a better person and a better decision-maker."

Goodwin, who played mostly on special teams as a freshman in 2010, was convicted in April of first-degree robbery in the March 2011 home invasion. The occupants of a mobile home told police they were robbed at gunpoint. No one was injured.

Goodwin's former teammates Mike McNeil, Dakota Moseley and Shaun Kitchens await trial. McNeil was a starting safety on Auburn's national title team.

In another courtroom in Opelika, jury selection began in the trial of Harvey Updyke, the 63-year-old Alabama fan accused of poisoning two oak trees at Auburn's famed Toomer's Corner after the 2010 title game, and lawyers asked potential jurors about their ties to Auburn. Defense attorney Everett Wess said selection might continue until late in the week. The charges include criminal mischief and desecrating a venerable object.

In other college news:

* Notre Dame announced a new 10-year contract for basketball coach Mike Brey that will run through June 2022. In his 12 seasons with the Irish, Brey's teams have earned eight NCAA Tournament bids.

* Colonial Athletic Association commissioner Tom Yeager says members leaving the conference after the coming year - Old Dominion and Georgia State - will not be allowed to compete for its championships next season, as per bylaws that league presidents last week decided to uphold.

* The Big Ten and the Ivy League announced plans Tuesday to combine research efforts devoted to studying head injuries, a collaboration that will link studies initiated separately by the Big Ten in 2010 and the Ivy League last year.

* The Ohio Supreme Court sided with Ohio State in an open records lawsuit brought by ESPN over documents it sought from the university related to the 2011 football team scandal and NCAA investigation.

Horse Racing * 

Secretariat's winning time in the 1973 Preakness has been changed to reflect that the Triple Crown-winning colt's time was actually faster than the stakes record. The Maryland Racing Commission voted 7-0 in a special hearing at Laurel Park to change the official time of the race from 1:54 2/5 to 1:53. That gives Secretariat records in each of his three Triple Crown races - the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes - that still stand. The commission investigated the official timing of the Preakness at the request of Secretariat's 90-year-old owner, Penny Chenery, and Pimlico president Tom Chuckas.

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