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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: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:56 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

All they have is Lattimore
i guess you dont watch South Carolina, well, they have more than Lattimore believe me or not. how about Ingram on defense?? he's come on strong, how about Clowney??? he's looking like a future NFL player at end and then you forgot another future NFL first round pick in......Alshon Jeffery!!!! the QB may be an issue (and it's questionable at best), but at least he has someone to pass to. Jeffery is a future top 10 NFL Draft pick if i saw one.

Since: May 22, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:50 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

I hope they give him another chance.  I just know he will turn it around and be a great role model! /s

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:48 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

WASTED TALENT!!!  Perfect role model to show kids how to throw away 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chances.

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:46 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

LOVE the fact that the Head Ball Coach used another diversion tactic to dismiss Stephen Garcia. Ranting and raving about reporter Ron Morris to take the attention away from the fact he had to dismiss the very same player he reinstated after a 5th suispension mid way through the season. Reminds me of all the "pay the players" talk he made when he reistated Garcia this spring. Well played, Stephen Orr, well played indeed.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:37 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Hey donkey, Garcia didn't play in that game. 

Get your facts straight, then hate.

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:36 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Just get him Lindsey Lohans attorney and he will be ok... good grief, put this guys photo up in all the bars and Liqour stores at least. 

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:31 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

This guy's gonna wake up dead one of these days.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:31 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

I think the combo of Stephen Garcia and Steve Taneyhill make the South Carolina officially the "Party" school for quarterbacks.  Let's see if anyone can beat that combo.  I thought of Alabama's Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler but both were before my time so it is hard for me comment.  I am totally beating LSU fans come up with a great combo as well.

Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:24 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

good riddance, sc should be ecstatic. He beat alabama, ill give him that, but he could never get it together when it really counted. what a bum!


Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:20 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Don't give me the lame excuse that they just one 54-3 as to why they should have been ranked in the top 10. They beat Kentucky! This isn't basketball

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