South Bend, Ind. • Former Notre Dame running back and radio analyst Allen Pinkett was pulled off the broadcast of Saturday's season-opening 50-10 win against Navy in Dublin, Ireland, following his comments that teams need bad guys to give them an edge.
Pinkett, in an interview with Chicago's WSCR-AM, said: "I've always felt like, to have a successful team, you have to have a few bad citizens on the team."
Pinkett said that's how Ohio State used to be get an edge: "They would have two or three guys that were criminals and that just adds to the chemistry of the team. So I think Notre Dame is growing because maybe they have some guys that are doing something worthy of a suspension."
Coach Brian Kelly has suspended four players recently, including tailback Cierre Wood (violating team rules) and quarterback Tommy Rees (skirmish with police).
"You get your butt kicked if you have a team full of choirboys," Pinkett said.