Posted: 6:30 am Monday, July 14th, 2014

Rewind: Pot busts, swim meets and another Bulldog in PGA Tour winner’s circle 

By Chip Towers

Brian Harman became the sixth former Bulldog to lift a winner's trophy after a PGA Tour event this season. (AP photo)

Brian Harman became the sixth former Bulldog to lift a winner’s trophy after a PGA Tour event this season. (AP photo)

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

I’m driving over to Birmingham this morning for SEC Football Media Days, which commence just after lunch with Commissioner Mike Slive’s annual address. It’s expanding to a four-day event this year because, you know, it just hasn’t been big enough in the past.

More than 1,100 media credentials have been issued this year. There will be at least four of us AJC guys among the throng. That’s counting the illustrious Tony Barnhart, who is resurrecting his “Mr. College Football” blog on AJC.com this year. He will provide at least three updates this week.

My initial assignment was to interview former Bulldog Nick Marshall, who you may have heard is now the quarterback at Auburn. He still is, at last check, but he won’t be in attendance at Media Days. The Tigers scratched him overnight Sunday following his Friday arrest for pot possession. Auburn filled his slot with another Georgian, tight end/receiver C.J. Uzomah of Suwanee. So there’s that.

In the meantime, here’s a recap of some other events of interest from the weekend. …

1. Georgia’s Brandon Morris also was arrested for possession of pot over the weekend. Evidently it was a lot of it or at least it was packaged to sale because Athens-Clarke County saw fit to charge him with intent to distribute, a felony.

The police report wasn’t available on Sunday (Morris was booked at 3:21 a.m.) so it will be later today before we learn the details of Morris’ bust. Needless to say, this development will have a negative effect on coach Mark Fox’s sixth basketball team.

Morris was/is one of four starters returning from last year’s 20-win team, which finished second in the SEC. He started 25 games at one of the three forward positions Georgia utilizes, with Donte Williams and Marcus Thornton filling the other two slots. Morris averaged 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while playing 25 minutes a game.

So what happens if Morris gets the boot or faces an extended suspension? Junior Cameron Forte (6-foot-7, 200 pounds) and sophomore Kenny Paul Geno (6-6, 200) will immediately see their roles increase. Both are similarly built to the 6-8, 220-pound Morris and filled in for him some last season. Georgia could also play more three-guard lineups, with 6-4 guard Juwan Parker playing the 3 or J.J. Frazier taking over at the point and 6-5 Charles Mann sliding out to a wing.

Of course, the Bulldogs would be better off with Morris, and he with them.

2. The Year of the Bulldog continued on the PGA Tour as Brian Harman won the John Deere Classic on Sunday. Harman, 27, is the sixth former UGA player to win on the tour this season.

Harris (English) and Russell (Henley) and Brendon Todd and Chris Kirk and all these guys, we were all right there neck-and-neck all the time in college, and they’ve won a lot of golf tournaments,” Harman told reporters afterward. “It feels good. Now we’ve got a little something else to talk about.”

Harman is the fourth Bulldog to sew up a spot in the 2015 Masters. He joins Erik Compton (T2 U.S. Open), Todd (Byron Nelson champion) and Bubba Watson (two-time Masters champion). U.S. Kirk and Harris English, currently eighth and 11th in the FedEx Cup standings, also are in position to earn an invite.

Somewhere UGA golf coach Chris Haack is beaming.

3. There was some “Night Swimming” going on at UGA over the weekend. The Bulldogs’ Gabrielsen Natatorium was site of the Bulldog Grand Slam, an elite club swimming event featuring the like of Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and other world-renown swimming stars.

The AJC’s Tanya Sichynsky did a great job of covering the meet. It certainly sounded like Sunday’s 100-meter freestyle final lived up to the hype. After this, the nation’s best swimmers are off to Irvine, Calif., where the national championships will be held in two weeks.

143 comments
Jacketa$$
Jacketa$$

I don't understand why they would not answer any of my questions on the GT blog.  A little sensitive over there I guess.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Bulldogs' fans are in here again, trying to put on their happy face about our 54-26 compared to Alabama at 72-9 and half the NC these most current 6 years.


Georgie tek fans are in here again, despite being on NCAA Probation in Football all of 2014, again, trying to say that they're not doing poorly at 28-25 good for # 65 in the nation these latest 4 years to our 36-18 good for # 27 in the nation when Georgie tek had the # 14 best recruiting class nationally in 2007, and # 52 average recruiting rankings since to our # 9 Average Recruiting Ranking.


This begs the question, then, therefore, is it better that we tell them that they're doing well, or that they need to do better ?


http://ugathomasbrown.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/is-it-better-to-tell-them-were-great-or-that-they-need-to-do-better/


How's that working out for us, telling them they're doing well at 54-26 most recent 6 years ?


Todd Gurley II said this off-season :


“We’re just tired of just being mediocre and going to the SEC championship game, going to the bowl game and losing.” Todd Gurley II.


Which is better ?

(1) Tell them we're doing well ?

(2) Or, that they need to do better ?

TravisBickle2014
TravisBickle2014

Did I read a 5 page article and it said RICHT CRIED? He must be a Wuss like Tim Tebow...............Cause all UGa MEN never CRY...Right?

Realisticfan
Realisticfan

Breaking news- Bruce Pearl was seen arriving in Atlanta in his helicopter and drove straight to Brandon Morris' house.  Word spreading that Auburn has offered a full scholarship.

TheAuditor
TheAuditor

News breaking now that Florida freshman CB Jalon Tabor was cited for marijuana possession in May.  According to Will Muschamp, he has "faced consequences," which essentially means he won't face any actual game suspension.  
Say what you want, but UGA players have been found to have been smoking pot, not even in possession and not even cited or arrested (see Josh Harvey-Clemons), are still suspended from actual games.
Until the SEC, and the NCAA for that matter, develop a uniform drug policy, schools like UGA are at a significant disadvantage on the playing field.  Even off the field, this gives our athletic department a black eye publicly while Florida and other schools "handle the issue internally" and essentially sweep it under the rug.
This is just my honest opinion, but who am I compared to the all-powerful Mark Emmert and Mike Slive?

Obama_Joke
Obama_Joke

The SEC hold 4 of the top 10 spots in the Fulmer Cup with UGA checking in at a respectable #9.  Just another day in the SEC.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk



Listing the Schools  in the SEC who can be proud of the way they handle problem kids:

Georgia is at the top, Others who help give the SEC a little respect and integrity are Texas A&M , Missouri, Kentucky , and Vanderbilt . Florida get a honorable mention. The rest of the SEC should be ashamed of themselves .

Princess_Leia
Princess_Leia

Does UGA issue digital scales to all its athletes?

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Nick Marshall should paint is Charger White today since what you folks say below the police will let anything white slide

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

Hasta la vista, Morris. 


DGD, right dogs?

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Morris is no longer a Dawg but this is a great opportunity for Auburn to get a good Basketball player. Having no integrity and Winning at all cost does pay off and until the SEC get a Commissioner with a little intelligence and integrity the SEC will continue  to be a place for Thugs and criminals to end up. The SEC not taking a tough stance or this is very embarrassing.

DawginCO
DawginCO

Brandon Morris kicked off team after his arrest.  It's a 1st time offense too. Sorry but do you think that would happen many other places?  If you do you are hopelessly naive.  I had very little doubt that Coach Fox would do this.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@C-Kirk Did any of the ashamed schools keep kids that stole from them? Remember the stipend gang? Proud of them i guess.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

LOL...good thing Georgia got #1 at something. Stick to what you know and that isn't much sport.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@Princess_Leia 


You (Georgie tek) are the team who is on NCAA Probation in Football all 2014, again.

You (Georgie tek) are the team 28-25 for # 65 nationally won/lost current 4 years.

slydawg
slydawg

Benefit of the doubt vs letting folks slide are two different things DryWillie...lol. Stop playing with intelligent folks

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@C-Kirk What school do you think these thugs come from in the first place? With just the players

that have been dismissed from ga over the years, you have won the Fulmer Cup.

You could also use these same players to clean up Hwy 316 to Athens. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DawginCO

NOT a first-time offense for Morris! He was suspended for the first three games last season for another marijuana-related offense.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginCO It wasn't his first offense with the team, he had missed 3 games last year for a fail p-test.

slydawg
slydawg

I think athletics at Georgia has become more about following rules, strict discipline, and decisive punishment. That's ok in my book if that is their stance. But they must suffer the consequences of recruiting at risk youth with no plan in sight of redemption and teaching these young men how to make adult decisions. IMHO, just stop recruiting kids from low income situations if you expect perfect behaviour. US military superiority or the "perception" of such would not exist if every soldier, marine, sailor, and airmen were perfect.

WDE
WDE

@WhiskeyBreath @C-Kirk one thing is for certain they won't be getting a ride fom and Bama D-Line mane any time soon.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@WhiskeyBreath @C-Kirk

Georgia is doing it's part in cleaning up the SEC. They don't get much help from other top Schools in the SEC. In fact I would bet that of  the last 10 or 15 , 5-Star players or top 4 Star who have been kicked off a team for multiple offenses may have come from Georgia at least 75% of the time. No way other top programs would get rid of their top players for just breaking rule or committing a crime. These Schools look the other way. Fans of those Schools who are not embarrassed to have these thugs on the team prove what kind of fan base they have. 

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

@WhiskeyBreath @C-Kirk Looks like WhiskeyBreath made bail; congrats.  Just try not to obsess over UGA so hard that you leave your baby to die in the car, next time.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  I didn't see that.  No difference.  He's gone.  And now where will he end up?  Because you know some slimebag program will take the risk.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@slydawg  This is where our society needs to own up to a universal truth.  Every human being is responsible for their own behavior.  You do not need anyone to teach you right and wrong.  Your heart knows the difference.  The act of rearing children is about training that innate ability and providing support in making good choices.  There are tons of 2 parent households that fail at the job as well.  Giving a kid a pass because of social circumstances is a recipe for disaster.  And we have seen this play out before our very eyes.


When you screw up it is no one else's fault.  It also is not the end of the universe.  You can correct your screw ups.  You can make better choices.  If you just throw in the towel and say "I am just a bad person", then that is on your head and no one else's.  When we as a society stereotype people, it is we that are screwing up.  It is an enormous mistake to think that a poor person does not have the same moral compass that a more effluent person does.  Expecting them to fail because they are poor is evil.


"At risk", is a politically correct way of saying "inferior human being".  That is total BS.  When our society just shrugs and says "they didn't know better", that is a sin of omission.  You get what you expect most of the time (a vast majority of the time in fact) and when you just set the expectations that way, that is what you will receive.


It's time to stop the excuses and hold people accountable.  And that starts at a young age.  If a kid comes from a broken home so what?  If he screws up then he needs to learn from it, not be excused.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@slydawg lets stop making low income an excuse as the reason for poor behaivor

slydawg
slydawg

I won't. But I just might drive down your street in my beat up Chevy and scare the hell out of your kids. Maybe "stand your ground" Will be your excuse....lol.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Hangonsloopy   I bet you pooped your pants you were so happy when you looked that up.  Change your Depends and get a life.LMAO!

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Hangonsloopy  Congratulate the "Red Pants Society" when they get back from their kool-aid break; Im sure they will be proud

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawginCO @gtcaryd Yea, i just saw that it was the huge amount of 18 Grams......Grams, CCPD maybe ruined this young man over 18 grams of weed. What a joke.

slydawg
slydawg

Good, I agree. They'll learn on the next persons team and Georgia can go and get the next round of , again, "at risk youth." When you play with fire, sometimes you get burned.

slydawg
slydawg

It's not an excuse. It's common sense. When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas, right? Now these kids didn't put themselves in that position; Their parents did. When all that's around you are folks who only do slick and/or criminal things, one tends to take this behavior on the road. Keyword is "tend." Most employers will not employ folk who have been convicted of certain crimes and who have low credit scores. Fact. It's called risk. So my point, before you get all defensive, is why take the risk AT ALL if your first reaction is one strike and you're out on your arse? Just keep recruiting these boy scouts and reduce your risk. Now for some reason, Georgia, not all of these other schools, stands on some sort of moral high ground. I respect that. For the most part, these kids are just smoking pot and engaging in college hijinks same as many other students on campus. But athletes at D1 schools are under the microscope. Fact, right? Domestic violence and rape? No excuse, no valid reason? DUI, weed, driving with no license, snapping on some country club professor? Please, stop it with that one strike BS. As I have stated before, I'll be glad the day not one of them picks up a ball to entertain none of y'all. Peace.

slydawg
slydawg

See, even less than an ounce gets you a felony charge, whether it's lawful or not.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@slydawg  The point was that no one is "at risk".  The point is that you don't expect these kids to screw up.  You expect that they will succeed like every other athlete in your program and you sit them down and tell that their economic circumstances at home do not excuse their behavior.  You tell them they are more than they think they are and that are completely capable of shaking off the circumstances they grew up in and that is what you expect  them to do.  You challenge them to rise up and stop the excuses.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@slydawg common sense? before WWII most of America lived at or near poverty compared to what people live today


we didnt see the garbage we see today nor the lack of discipline we see from kids today


the self esteem excuse is one of the reasons we have such problems today


as for lying down with fleas you can make bad choices at any level of income

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Hangonsloopy  Oh so are you refusing to change your Depends or are you refusing to get a life?

WDE
WDE

@slydawg sorry I'm a bit confused what part of having pot is lawful?? 

slydawg
slydawg

Well Athens is the absolute wrong place to "rise up" above your circumstances. 30,000 to 1200. Do the math. And most of these kids could care less about Hamilton Holmes.

slydawg
slydawg

Before WWII? So I guess all of us were in the same boat before,during, and after WWII? Your tire is truly flat and your comparison is ridiculous. Talk something you know. You and I don't walk the same streets and do not receive the same treatment on a daily basis. But since you want the last word, you can have it. You win. I'm stupid and just full of excuses. I seem to have forgotten we are all Americans with equal protection under the law. Before WWII? Sir get real.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@WDE @slydawg WDE, how much wealth had he amassed from the sale of those 18 grams. Should have been a misdemeanor. Thank god for the war on drugs!

FlatTire
FlatTire

@slydawg talk something I know?  Here are some current examples then

Take Singapore; they have a low crime rate; one of the lowest in the world; why?


Cause they dont make "Excuses" and everyone knows in Singapore they dont put up with it.

Japan the same

Also


In 1970 there were only 300,000 locked up in America; now there is 2.3 million


Did America become a 3rd world poverty stricken country between 1970 to the present?





slydawg
slydawg

It became more segregated. Not my opinion, fact. Georgia ranks 48th in education. Guess who gets the end of that stick? Again, talk something you know. Again, you and I did not come up the same way. We're not talking about Singapore, Japan, Sweden, or Switzerland. Those are all homogeneous cultures. So if all these opportunities exist, guess what? White and Asian males would have to give up their jobs. Not gonna happen peacefully. It's the same game of musical chairs. Research Black Wall street in Tulsa since we're talking history. Learn something. How long is it gonna be when Hispanics are tired of making 2.50 an hour? Zoot Suit Riots. Research that.

aladawg47
aladawg47

@slydawg This last statement just confirms that you are a stupid moron.