Originally created 01/04/01


The Augusta Stallions signed six players for the 2001 arenafootball2 season Wednesday.

Linemen John Cratic, Rocky Hunt and Glen Mitts, along with wide receiver/defensive backs Tim Dumas, Cedric Evans and Carl Polite have joined the team. The 6-foot-1, 315-pound Cratic played two games last season for the Stallions.

Polite, a 1992 Barnwell graduate, played one year at the University of Georgia before transferring to Benedict College where he played tailback and free safety.

Meanwhile, the Stallions will hold an open tryout for cheerleaders and mascot on Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. at Health Central. Cost is $15.

Season tickets are on sale. Prices range from $48 to $200 for eight games. The Stallions open their season at home March 31 against the Norfolk Nighthawks.


Glenn Spencer resigned as head football coach at West Georgia to accept a job as running backs coach at Georgia Tech.

Spencer had a 28-7 record in three years as the Braves' head coach, including sharing two Gulf South Conference titles and two appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Spencer was a four-year letterman at Georgia Tech (1982-85) and had been at West Georgia for 11 seasons including eight as an assistant coach.

Gary Otten, West Georgia's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, was named interim head coach of the Braves.


Former All-Star Kent Bottenfield, a free agent who pitched for Anaheim and Philadelphia last season, agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros.

In 29 starts last season for Anaheim and Philadelphia, the 32-year-old right-hander was 8-10 with a 5.40 ERA in 171.2 innings.

Bottenfield was traded from St. Louis to Anaheim last spring training for outfielder Jim Edmonds and infielder Adam Kennedy. He went 7-8 with a 5.71 ERA in 21 starts for the Angels before being traded to Philadelphia for outfielder Ron Gant on July 30.


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