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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 8:38 am

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. Winning is all that matters to him.This kid has had too many chances as it is, to make an example of him would be the right thing to do, not allowing him to play would send the message to his teammates that being a bad representative for the team gets you off the team. The precedent has been set now to screw up off the field, but make amends every time and still get to play, no matter how bad you have been. Spurrier has lost all respect in my eyes and will forever be just another coach who has sold his soul for a win.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:13 am

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

He has changed into the super senior of college! Super seniors were the cool guys who failed High school like two to three times. Garcia joins the college branch!

But stop drawing this story out just like Flyod at ND everyone knows Garcia is playing next year. They may mess a funny game that they aren't needed for. But come key matchups everyone knows they will be miraculously changed!

Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 3:30 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. 

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 3:22 pm

Spurrier says Garcia has 'changed'

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

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