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It’s Official: Garcia Dismissed At Carolina

A weird day in Columbia just got weirder.  The State is reporting that sources have revealed to the paper that quarterback Stephen Garcia — he of five suspensions and a recent on-field demotion — has been dismissed from the South Carolina football team.

UPDATE — According to The Charleston Post & Courier, athletic director Eric Hyman has released the following statement:

“Being a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina is a privilege, not a right and we remind all of our student-athletes that there are consequences for their actions.  For Stephen to return to and remain with the football squad this fall, we agreed on several established guidelines.  Unfortunately, he has not been able to abide by those guidelines and has therefore forfeited his position on the roster.  We wish him the best of luck as he moves forward in life.”

Steve Spurrier had the following comments:

“We are all saddened that this has occurred.  We all feel like we’ve given Stephen numerous opportunities to be a student-athlete here at South Carolina.  Obviously, he has chosen not to follow the guidelines of his reinstatement contract.  We wish him the best.” — the Rivals site covering USC — reports that two sources confirmed to the site that “Garcia flunked a substance-abuse test.”

What a sad end to a career that’s had more ups and downs than a toilet seat.

Gamecock fans will now hope that Connor Shaw can continue to play as well as he did last Saturday against Kentucky.



Let's review this situation....

The kid is "suspended" (What exactly does that mean at South Carolina????) 5 times yet never misses a game. When he starts to officially suck, Spurrier benches him. Then he gets tested for alcohol and fails the test. But Spurrier doesn't dismiss him then. He waits to see how Conner Shaw performs. When Shaw excels, Spurrier then releases him. He's released 7 days AFTER his failed test. So how many random tests came before this? Or was this the first since Garcia no longer could throw the ball?

If he's an alcoholic, Spurrier is the enabler.

You really can't lose playing time at SC due to off the field transgressions. (Remember the "suspended" players allowed to play vs. ECU? ECU didn't allow their DUI's to play...Spurrier did)


He ran the ball with reckless abandon for the sake of his team. For that I will always respect him as a quarterback. I hope he can find a place somewhere doing the thing he loves.


The Gamecock Nation wishes Garcia well. There is no need to mock or trivialize the struggles of this young man. We only hope and wish he turns his life around for the sake of himself and his child.


I, for one, will miss Stephen Garcia. He is one of the biggest reasons for Auburn's success over the last two seasons.


I, for one, am glad that the Stephen Garcia "drama" can begin to subside. One less headache.


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