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Mittie arrested for DUI

Texas Christian coach Jeff Mittie was expected to leave with his team yesterday for a first-round NCAA Tournament game in Philadelphia, despite his arrest in Kansas early Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving.

It was not clear if the arrest would prevent Mittie from coaching TCU, the sixth seed in the West Regional, in tomorrow's game against No. 11 seed Temple.

Mittie, 37, was pulled over when a Newton, Kan., police officer observed his car swerving, with the headlights being turned on and off, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported yesterday. He was arrested at 3:50 a.m.

The coach was detained in the Harvey County Detention Center for investigation of DUI and released Wednesday morning on a $1,000 bond, deputy Keith Blackwood said.

Mittie, who was driving a rental car south of Interstate 135, had traveled to Salina, Kan., to scout a potential recruit at the National Junior College Division 1 tournament. The coach was at TCU's practice Wednesday.

Mittie is in his fifth season and guided 20th-ranked TCU (24-6) to its best regular season in school history.

Hard to miss

The Georgia Lady Bulldogs kicked their best player off the team with less than two weeks to go in the regular season.

So, that had to be quite a blow? Hardly.

Proving the theory of addition through subtraction, Georgia (22-9) is actually playing much better since leading scorer Kara Braxton was given the heave-ho Feb. 20 for repeated rules violations.

The Lady Bulldogs made an extended run in the Southeastern Conference tournament, highlighted by an overtime upset of top-ranked Tennessee in the semifinals. They had a 16-point halftime lead against Vanderbilt in the championship before running out of steam, losing, 62-56, in their fourth game in four days.

Now, it's on to the NCAA Tournament, where the Lady Bulldogs are seeded third in the West Regional.

Georgia went 13-7 with Braxton on the court, but lost the last five games she played. "Any time you have a player who's not on the same page with everyone else, it's a distraction," said coach Andy Landers. "It's not every day that an elite player wastes her chance."

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