Dec. 31, 2009
By Anthony Oliva III
Coastal Carolina coach Cliff Ellis was in St. Andrews, Scotland when he got the news.
Ellis was celebrating his 40-year wedding anniversary when he was called by his coaches and told that fifth-year senior Joseph Harris wanted to return to the program.
It was then that this season began to take shape for the Chanticleers.
Harris, who had already graduated from Coastal Carolina with a degree in biology, had another year of eligibility left after taking a medical redshirt in 2007-08. He was an All-Big South First Team selection last year, but his plan was to pursue a graduate degree in nursing, which Coastal Carolina does not offer. If he had transferred, he could have played right away, as NCAA rules state that if you already have a degree and are switching schools to do graduate studies, you do not need to sit out a year.