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Garcia Suspended For Bowl Week Antics

South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia has been handed a week-long suspension as spring practice begins in Columbia.  The rumor mill had spun in January that the oft-troubled Gamecock had had a bit too much fun during the week leading up to the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

On March 7th, we brought you a link from a South Carolina political blog that claimed Garcia “was involved in a massive, all-night bender in his hotel room the night before the bowl game.”  Supposedly, Steve Spurrier had his starting QB run on a treadmill while still hungover as punishment.

We didn’t buy that story — and we made it clear that we questioned the author’s claims based upon his own track record and his lack of sources — because it was hard to believe that Spurrier would start a QB just hours after he’d partaken in a “massive, all-night bender.”

Our view was that the author of said blog simply ran with a story that was already starting to pop up on messageboards.  Sites do that all the time without saying, “Hey, this is just messageboard” talk.  (You’ll note that we always refer to “messageboard chatter” as such.)  Many sites try to make it look as though they have hard evidence, when often they do not.  If they’re right, they’re right.  If they’re wrong… no one remembers.  Well, we picked up on the Carolina site’s story only because it was leading many other sites to say, “Now we know why Garcia played poorly.”

In reality, Garcia — as we suggested at the time without making an unsubstantiated claim — got caught tying one on a little too hard earlier in the week, not the night before the game.  It’s hard to believe, therefore, that his partying led to his poor performance in Atlanta. 

If, however, it comes out that Garcia was partying “like a rock star” the night before the Chick-fil-A Bowl, we’ll have no problem tossing bouquets and apologies toward blogger Will Folks.  We said at the time “never say never.”

But until then, we stick to our initial beliefs: Garcia erred nights before the game, his partying did not impact his play, and that the site in question ran with a rumor that turned out to be only partly true.  No harm, no foul… if they’d identified a single source or announced that they were reporting on a rumor.  They didn’t.

At any rate, Garcia could be running out of chances in Columbia.  Chris Low of ESPN.com reports that if Connor Shaw had been healthy during bowl week, he probably would have gotten the majority of USC’s snaps.

In other words, this spring practice is Shaw’s chance to pass Garcia once and for all.

 


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  1. [...] There’s a lot of doubt amongst local media that the party was held the night before the game, but there’s not much dispute that Garcia could have been partying earlier in the week. [...]



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