Blog Entry

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: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:20 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

This move should of been made at least a couple of seasons ago. From what I have seen, this kid didn't show any qualities as a leader, much less his abilities as a quarterback. I believe Connor Shaw will show more poise and leadership this season, than what Stephen Garcia has done in the past four years.

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 3:18 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

This guy is a moron! He was given plenty of chances and messed everyone of them up. He doesn't deserve to be on any college team. What a loser! Now can we all agree that South Carolina has been grossly overrated all year long? All they have is Lattimore. They can't play any defense and can't throw the ball. I feel bad for Lattimore. By the time he gets to the NFL he will be beat up after running the ball 30 times a game.

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:57 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

let's see

1- play horible vs Auburn
2- benched for Kentucky
3- see writing on the wall
4- get drunk
5- fail alcohol test
6- out the door

pretty simple progression...

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:57 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Looks like Coach Spurrier gave-it-his-all when it came to Mr. Garcia. He gave him many chances and talked good about him even when he would replace him as a starter. He went so so far as calling him his friend and that he liked Stephen just a few weeks ago.

I wonder what role, if any, Garcia's parents played? They obviously did something right or he would not have been Spurrier's QB in the first place. Maybe just being away from home coupled with idle time made his addiction was just too much for him to control. Hope he finds some peace from the demons that apparently haunt him.

Good luck Stephen...YOU made watching USC must-see TV.. because we never knew what we were going to witness..sometimes it was VERY good and, unfortunately, sometimes it was really bad.  

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:43 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Moral of the'll get as many second chances as you want, unless your backup starts to play well...

Quote of the year!  

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:29 pm

Point Shaving

Word is there might be point shaving involved.  Speculation is that is why Spurrier pulled his "I'm not talking to Ron" bit in his press conference.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:23 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Of course he wasn't dismissed until they saw how Connor Shaw fared against Kentucky.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:22 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

How do you know that?  it could be many different things--dont just start making Sh*^ up like you know everything fool

Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:19 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Though the reasons for his dismissal will likely never be made official...

Failed an alcohol test. One of the "guidelines" was that he not drink anymore and have a weekly breathalizer (sp?) to prove it. And as we can see, he failed...

Since: Sep 18, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:17 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

@Michael Black: +1

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or