Athens, GA (Feb 7, 2008) - Today is not a good day to be Tim Hix, an Associate Sports Communications Director (responsible for men's basketball) for the University of Georgia. Actually, it has been a bad number of years for Tim as he has had to deal with the fallout of the Jim Harrick academic fraud scandal, the death of a beloved player before last season, and the suspensions/dismissals of players by Coach Dennis Felton.
Last night and today, the bad news just kept on coming for the UGA Men's basketball team. Last night, they lost to Vanderbilt, their fourth straight loss, dropping to 11-9 (2-5 SEC). After the game, star guard Billy Humphrey (13.2 PPG) , who was arrested and suspended earlier this year for the possession of a knife in his dorm room, was arrested for underage possession of alchohol). So it looks like another player will be dismissed or suspended from the team, and UGA can kiss the rest of the season goodbye.
How rough has it been this year? Just look at this list compiled by Chip Towers of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution:
• Oct. 11: Coach Dennis Felton announces the suspensions of Takais Brown (nine games), Albert Jackson (six) and Mike Mercer (15).
• Oct. 12: Practice for 2007-08 season begins.
• Oct. 26: Brown is dismissed for an undisclosed "team rules violation."
• Nov. 9: Dogs defeat Jacksonville State 107-65 in season opener.
• Nov. 13: Junior guard Billy Humphrey is arrested on a felony weapons charge after police search the dorm room he shares with Mercer for marijuana.
• Nov. 14: Humphrey is released from jail and suspended indefinitely by Felton; Dogs defeat Grambling State 83-70.
• Nov. 17: UGA Student Judiciary hands Humphrey one-year probation.
• Nov. 19: Felton dismisses Mercer from team for "being a disruption."
• Nov. 20: Humphrey is accepted into a pretrial diversion program and is reinstated to team, then scores 18 points to lead Georgia to 76-65 win over Elon.
• Jan. 3: Junior center Rashaad Singleton quits the day the team leaves for Spokane, Wash., to play Gonzaga.
• Jan. 26-Feb. 6: Dogs lose four straight games.
• Feb. 7: Humphrey jailed for underage possession and failure to obey a traffic control device.
So it looks like Tim Hix yet again will have his work cut out for him, and this is again one of those days I am glad I do not have his job.