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Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

Posted on: May 26, 2011 2:44 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The status of South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia has been unclear for the last few months. After being suspended for the umpteenth time -- give or take an umpteen -- this spring, there had been some questions about whether or not Garcia had run out of chances in Columbia. Well, for the last few weeks, the signs have been that Garcia would be returning to the Gamecocks for the 2011 season. On Thursday head coach Steve Spurrier gave perhaps the biggest indication of what will happen with Garcia this fall, as the Ol' Ball Coach said that his quarterback has "changed."

"It seems like he's changed his ways," Spurrier told The Post and Courier. "I hope the university lets him back on the team." 

Spurrier also went on to say that Garcia "should" get a partial reinstatement as early as next week that would allow him to workout with the team, though it would not guarantee that he'll be cleared to play in the fall. Still, the fact that Spurrier seems to be on his side can only help Garcia's chances as Spurrier along with school president Harris Pastides and athletic director Eric Hyman will have the ultimate say in Garcia's fate.

Garcia still has a list of requirements that the school wants to see him complete and maintain, and he also has receive clearance from medical professionals who oversee Garcia's involvement in an alcohol abuse program. So it seems that as long as Garcia doesn't step out of line or cause more trouble at South Carolina, he'll be playing football again this fall.

That being said, this is still Stephen Garcia, and given his history of behavior since coming to South Carolina, you can't just assume he's going to be a perfect citizen. 


Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: May 27, 2011 9:23 pm

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

Kinda weird to actually see a COLLEGE QB get a COLLEGE degree.

McElroy Got two at Alabama while he was there and never caused a days worth of trouble to do it. Some people are just bad seeds and need to be taught a lesson. Letting him play after being suspended all those times is only enabling his bad behaviour. Spurrier is a classic Example of letting the inmates run the prison.  

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:34 pm

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

Oh come on, guys. Everybody deserves a seventh chance.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 27, 2011 5:44 pm

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

South Carolina sucks and so does this punk. Nice SEC title game and bowl you bunch of overhyped chumps.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:48 pm

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

Is Stephen Garcia about to enter his 12th year at Cocksville?

I know right.  It seems like this fool has been around forever. 

Yeah... he has been around forever.  Kinda weird to actually see a COLLEGE QB get a COLLEGE degree.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:46 pm

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

If Bin Laden was alive, Spurrier would allow him to play if he thought he could add anything to the team, he has no morals or scruples as a coach.

That is the most ignorant statement I've ever seen on these forums.  YOU have absolutely no moral compass if you truly believe this statement.  The worst thing he did was key a professor's car.  Everyone is acting like he murdered someone or got a DUI.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:43 pm

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

The guy got buzzed and acted up at an athlete event.  It's not like he purchased a stolen laptop, got a DUI, or used his status on the team to get free tattoos and cars.  Cut the man some slack.  It can't be easy being coached by Spurrier.

Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:27 pm

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

Yeah, Im gotta agree with ya there, sounds like spurrier has sold his soul to the win. It doesnt set a very good example out there to the kids if they think they can get away with anything they do as long as they can make touch downs, make the basket, make the clutch play !!! I hope spurrier gets a wake up call and makes amends, he's to good of a coach to have this as his legacy ! 

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:19 pm

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

Yall check this out. I think they should let him back in. It he had been in trouble for multiple serious things, I might say kick him to the curb, but it has just been a lot of silly things that have added up. The univ prez needs to realize that Garcia helped put his university on the map. A good business school isn't all there is. Football can ultimately help your school's academics by attracting more top-tier level admission candidates. Garcia is a big part of that. As for Spurrier, you're kidding me, he's changed? He hasn't changed, and I don't feel like he has to be. A lot of people say things about criminals for example, like they can't be rehabbed and stuff like that. I don't care if they can be rehabbed. Just because you have a desire to do something, does that mean you just do it? When you feel like hitting someone, do you always do it? No. He can be a troublemaker, but don't break the law, or at least don't get caught. Spurrier accessed his more sympathetic side when he saw connor shaw and that other kid playing in the  spring game. Yeah I think that Garcia kid has

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: May 27, 2011 12:42 pm

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

Ok at last can we refocus off Tressel and back onto the real scumbags of the SEC

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 12:18 pm

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

Excellent, Garcia can play this fall!!!  Now lets be how soon it will be before this fool has a beer to celebrate!

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