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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.”

CBSSports.com 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.
Comments

Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Sense*, you must of been in one of Garcia's classes, if he even went.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

It's rather transparent that the South Carolina administration and Spurrier felt compelled to offer him unlimited chances when they considered him important to the teams chances of winning ..BUT..suddenly, when he is no longer a main player, NOW they decide this was his last chance..... these college administrators are just money grubbing whores



Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

This is a stupid moral an don't make sence



Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Goes**



Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

One thing to ponder ... what will happen if Shaw goe 1-3 in the next 4 games, what do they do??



Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

That is an asinine thingto say,this happened way before the mauling of Kentucky miss



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:32 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. 



Since: Jul 21, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

The ONLY problem I have with this .. is they should of done it  6 weeks ago, Shaw should have started from the start.



Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Juct like an aubrens. Never mind the fact that both of these Bama QBs had very successful professional careers.
This is the usual barner poop!!!



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

I'll say that Garcia would be starting next week if Shaw hadn't had a big game.  Now he's just so much fodder.


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