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Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 2:50 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A failed "substance test" has brought the star-crossed Stephen Garcia era at South Carolina to its final, official end.

Gamecock athletic director Eric Hyman issued a statement Tuesday that Garcia has been dismissed fron the Carolina football program, effective immediately.

“Being a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina is a privilege, not a right,” said Hyman, “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.” South Carolina RapidReporter Josh Kendall reported Tuesday that two sources confirmed that Garcia had failed a "random substance test." Per Kendall, Garcia was reportedly informed of the school's decision Tuesday morning.

“We are all saddened that this has occurred,” Steve Spurrier said in the school statement. “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 news comes on the heels of Garcia's benching for the Gamecocks' Week 6 win over Kentucky. Garcia was leading the FBS with nine interceptions thrown when Steve Spurrier elected to go with Connor Shaw as his teams starting quarterback. Garcia did not make an appearance against the Wildcats, with sophomore Andrew Clifford handling mop-up duties in the 54-3 blowout.

Garcia has had a long history of off-field problems and suspensions. The senior has reportedly been on his last disciplinary strike ever since a March incident at a team function resulted in his suspension from spring practice. Hyman and Spurrier both set up "guidelines" for Garcia's return, guidelines which Spurrier said he had been following with commitment over the summer, resulting in his reinstatement just before fall camp.

Garcia's career wraps up with 34 career starts, 7,597 passing yards, 47 passing touchdowns, and 41 interceptions. Though he'll likely be remembered for never quite living up to his vast dual-threat potential, Garcia will also go down as the quarterback who led the Gamecocks to their first-ever win over a No. 1 team (vs. Alabama in 2010, in a 17-for-20 performance that will stand as testament to what he could accomplish at maximum focus) and SEC East division title.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:25 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

I would take a crappy South Carolina team any day over having to have Lame Kiffin as my team's coach.  That guy has never had a successful season and I doubt he ever will.....even with the talent that USC is capable of bringing in.  Good luck on probation!!Wink

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:40 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Pathetic.  South Carolina is ranked 15th in the country because a drugged up Garcia lost to Auburn and Navy but somehow managed to beat a lousy Georgia team.  This is what constitutes outstanding achievement in the Great SEC?  No wonder LSU scheduled Oregon in the very first game of the year....surprised they did not schedule them in July.  The SEC, as exemplified by Garcia and South Carolina, sucks.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:40 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

You're dead wrong on Garcia being welcome at Kentucky. The Cats football problems are many and varied but do not include tolerating miscreants.

Also, I do find it rather Spurious (pun intended) that they finally let him go just days after Shaw demonstrated he is more than capable of stepping into the starter role.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:18 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Screw S.C., so the first 5 TIMES he was suspended were not enough to kick him off and number 6 is???  S.C. is a joke, even though Garcia is tool they used him, and now that he is sucking the let him go.  Again a nice example of SEC football! 

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:55 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Nice Job to finally step in congrats.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:53 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Several thoughts  

1) Glad to see him go.  Made a lot of dumb mistakes as a 18yr to 20yr old might make but everyone needs to grow up and mature and accept their responsibilities.  He never did grow up.   The idea of him playing NFL or CFL are both laughable.

2)  Most (not all) of the suspensions were due to violating team rules.  Not stealing laptops, not raping someone, not beating up someone.    I am not excusing him from any of the suspensions but they were not some earth shaking event(s) that most people want to think they were.  Still, five chances are too many.   I would have thought he would have been benched for the curfew violation at the Chick-Filet Bowl but he wasn't.  If Ohio St players were not suspended for their bowl game due to the selling of jerseys/tattoo fiasco, then I guess Garcia gets afforded the same opportunity to play.

3)  Outside of a few misguided Gamecock fans, this team was never going to go farther than the SEC Championship game at best.  If they were to get there, they would not be able to beat Alabama or LSU.  Right now, they still have to face Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida.  They also have to face Clemson. So getting to the SEC Championship is not a given with or without Garcia.
Ratings Poll -  I would have put them in the top 25 but no  higher than 14.  Overated, I can see that point but keep in mind they play in the SEC.  If you can make it alive undefeated or with one loss, that is a major undertaking.  Two losses is still pretty good.

4) The dismissal has nothing to do with how Connor Shaw played last week. If you would have watched the game, you would see how bad Kentucky really is.  Little pash rush and poor secondary play.  Almost any 2nd string QB could have had a good game against Kentucky.  Now it is Miss St on the road, Tenn on the road, Arkansa on the road , Florida at home.  I seriously doubt you will see the same results.  
If anything, I bet Spurrier would have wanted to keep Garcia even if it was on the bench.  This was an administration dismissal and out of Spurrier's hands.

I will pull for Connor Shaw and hope he does well but I will not have any unrealistic expectations.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:35 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

The "substance test" he failed was the D1 QB test.  At least he gave the world a break and let Ryan Leaf hold the crown as biggest draft bust. 

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:03 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

BTW, congrats to South Carolina for finally dealing with the issue.  I guess it is 6 strikes and you're out in Columbia.  This kid is the Steve Howe of college football.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:00 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Hoodoo, while I agree completely with the point of your post, I fail to see what relevence Maurice Clarett has.  He was not a QB.  While he did have numerous off-field issues, substance abuse was not one of them.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:48 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

He would be welcome at Kentucky!!!

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