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Garcia’s Status Still A Question Mark For USC

The forecast for South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia is still cloudy these days.  A decision on the senior’s status — and that’s a decision that will impact the entire SEC East race — isn’t coming anytime soon.

Travis Haney of The Charleston Post & Courier reports today that Steve Spurrier said on a post-spring teleconference the following:

* The decision on Garcia will be made by Spurrier, AD Eric Hyman and Carolina president Harris Pastides.

* The decision will likely come “sometime during the summer.” 

* “We’ll see how he’s reacting to certain issues.”

* Garcia has been given guidelines.  “We’ll see how he follows those.”

* The coach has kept in touch with Garcia during his current suspension.

* The QB is just two classes shy of graduation and — notice this — Spurrier said, “With his degree in hand, obviously he’s eligible to play anywhere in the country.”

* He then said, “Hopefuly it’ll work out that he’ll get back with us with a lot better attitude than he’s ever had.”

Meanwhile, Cocks’ quarterbacks coach GA Mangus says that Garcia has been throwing with receivers Tori Gurley and Alshon Jeffery.  “He’s doing everything,” the coach said.  “Based on what I’ve been told, he’s been throwing with those guys on a daily basis.  He’s doing all the things, just like I’ve asked him.”

Mangus believes Garcia’s efforts are telling.  “If a guy comes over there and throws with his teammates every single day, and is going to class every day, I’m assuming his plans are to come back.”

He also made it clear that many of Garcia’s teammates are still fond of him.  “The kids love Garcia.  Garcia is a Velcro-type guy.  The kids like hanging out with him.  If I was 22, I’d hang out with him.”

If Garcia once again stumbles or if Carolina’s administration decided he’s out of chances, Mangus believes Connor Shaw will be ready for action.  “I think by the end of the summer, Connor’s going to be ready to play.  Connor’s a kid that I think is ready to take the next step.”

In the end, Haney writes that: “Mangus joked that he has no idea what makes Garcia tick, but that Shaw ‘is from our planet.’”


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