Maybe Mark Fox should have hired Chris Haack to fix his recruiting woes. The Georgia men's golf coach has seen his former charges have a pretty big season, with now 6 former Dawgs (7 if you want to count transfer Patrick Reed) having won an event on the PGA Tour so far. Brian Harman, a Savannah native who finished up in Athens in the spring of 2009, took home the title in the John Deere Classic up in Silvis, Illinois. The win qualifies Harman for the British Open this week, at Royal Liverpool.
Don't be shocked if a former Dawg finishes high up the leaderboard in Merseyside, as we've already gotten a top 2 finish in both major tournaments so far (Bubba Watson winning the Masters, Erik Compton second at the US Open). Interestingly enough on my ride in to work this morning, I heard Chris Haack talking with the guys from 960 the Ref. Haack mentioned how former Dawgs this season have earned around $21,000,000, with the last Ryder Cup team for the U.S. having earned around $22 million. And with this being a Ryder Cup year, don't be surprised if there is a bit of cross over on that list with Watson, as well as Russell Henley, Chris Kirk, Brendan Todd, and others in the mix to make the team.
In positive news, Georgia had 85 student-athletes make the SEC's spring honor roll for their fine work in the class rooms this past semester.
And in bad news, Brandon Morris may have played his last game for Mark Fox. Firm details are scarce at the moment, but what is known so far is that the junior small forward was arrested in the wee hours of Sunday morning (aka late Saturday night) for felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. A lot of reports have connected dots with that, and a suspension from early last season where Morris missed 10% of the season's games (aka the exact amount one is suspended for on a first time violation of the school's drug policy) to say this is likely Morris' second strike. Being a felony means he is suspended indefinitely from the program, and isn't a good sign for continuing as part of the Georgia program.
Coming on the heels of great news, this is not a good thing. Fox has enough targets on his radar (including Jaylen Brown, Malik Beasley, Haanif Cheatem, and Tevin Mack) to fill a spot should Morris ultimately get the boot, but none of them would enroll until the following season. With Morris expected to be the starting SF for a team hoping to make the NCAA Tournament next season, and with little more than Kenny Paul Geno behind him as a bigger wing, losing Morris could have a significant negative impact on the upcoming results this winter.