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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: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:42 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

i happen to know for a fact that this was the first failed drug and alch. test that he failed since his probation last march............He must have realized his career was over due to the good play of conner,,,,,,,,(no interceptions and four touchdowns)...........garcia had interception as a middle name this year.

anyways,,,,,,,he must have went out and had a pity party after the loss...........

he brought it all on himself..........the college hands were tied.

Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:37 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

What an idiot.  A full ride to college, playing under a college coach that specializes in creating QB's.  All he had to do was show up, play hard, go to class, stay out of trouble and have the time of his life doing it.  Probably wasn't going to be a first round draft pick but he would have gotten an NFL paycheck.  He'll get a chance, but it will be with a lot of scrutiny and skeptism. You think these idiots would look at guys like Ryan Leaf and Maurice Clarett and realize that the way Peyton Manning did it is better.

Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:34 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

This guy has been given chance after chance at South Carolina, but if finally seems like the program has run out of tolerance for his actions. However, I wonder if Garcia being axed has anything to do with Shaw playing exeptionally well against Kentucky. I wonder what would have happened if Shaw had sucked it up?

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:27 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Absolutely, Would not have dismissed him this time if the soph had not done so well!!!

Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:23 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

HE DESERVED THE AXE..........  The crybaby was given five chances over the years........As soon as he saw it was in the cards that his job would be permanently given to the back up qt.,,,,,,,,what did the baby do?    Go on a bender.

Even though he knew that after showing up a a coaches function last march drunk,,,,,,,,and was given one more chance.........If he stayed sober,,,,,,,,and undergo drugtest,,,,,,,he would get the last chance.

the baby went back to the bottle because he knew his career was over anyways...............over due to himself.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:22 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

I think Coach Spurrier gave the young man every chance.  He bent over backwards to try and straighten Mr. Garcia's life out.  Another person can only do so much to try and help but if the person does not respond and try to help himself, there is nothing else to be done.  Good luck to Garcia in his future endevers and hopefully he will bring his life together.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:16 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

if this guy was a STUD PLAYER then the team would get punished like usc and ohio st.  what a bunch of crap.
Woah, hold up buddy. He wasnt getting payed (If he was, it was money poorly spent) and he wasn't selling jersey's for a tattoo. He broke team rules not NCAA rules nor the law, as far as I know it is drinking not drugs. And he has been suspended albiet a 6th or 7th chance, lol. Good thing you don't work in a court of law or anywhere you may have to use rationale.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:10 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Yep NT, he got chance after chance after chance. Garcia playing at the top of his game , SC is a huge contender and Spurrier knew it. Once he became a liability on the field and it was evident he could not lead his team to a championship ... no more chances.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:06 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

To me, this only shows the special treatment star athletes receive.  Once you aren't the star anymore, you are done.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:04 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Spurrier is an ass.  Garcia should have been booted for good after say his third, fourth, fifth or maybe even sixth suspension.  But he gave them the best chance to win so he kept him.  Now that he has again proven to be a bum on the field it's quite convenient to boot him. Way to set an example Steve.

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