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Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Posted on: October 11, 2011 5:09 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 5:27 pm
TAMPA, Fla. – Gary Garcia, the father of former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia, said his son was dismissed from the program Tuesday for “having a couple of beers,” which violated the zero tolerance policy Stephen had agreed to abide by.  

“We have a lot of decisions to make right now,” Gary Garcia told Tuesday afternoon. “We don’t know what his options are yet. We’re trying to absorb everything that’s happened. It’s happened so quickly.”

Gary Garcia was with his son in Columbia, S.C., helping Stephen pack to return to their hometown of Tampa, Fla. Garcia graduated in May.

“Obviously, he’s responsible for his own actions, which we’ve told him from the beginning,” Gary Garcia told The Tampa Tribune. “The stuff he did in the beginning, he should’ve known better than that. He should’ve made better decisions. We understand that.

“I don’t hold the university responsible for it. Stephen did it. He should be responsible. You only get so many chances.”

Stephen Garcia had been suspended – and reinstated five times. He told after the Gamecocks’ season opening victory against East Carolina how appreciative he was of getting one final chance.

"Once I was told the conditions (to meet) in order for me to return, I knew I would be able to come back and just get it done,” Garcia said on Sept. 3. “Get back on the team at whatever cost. I don't know where I'd be right now if Coach (Steve) Spurrier, (athletic director) Mr. (Eric) Hyman and President Dr. (Harris) Pastides didn't give me the conditions and allow me one more final chance."

Spurrier said he was “saddened this has occurred.”

“We all feel like we’ve given Stephen numerous opportunities to be a student-athlete here at South Carolina,” Spurrier said in a statement. “Obviously, he has chosen not to follow the guidelines of his reinstatement contract. We wish him the best.”

Gary Garcia said his son had agreed to a zero tolerance to return to the team in the summer.

“I don’t know many college kids who can handle zero tolerance, but those were the choices we had,” Gary Garcia said. “You could second-guess yourself. Should he have even come back here? Go somewhere else?

"He made a commitment to South Carolina and his teammates. He wanted to win a championship. He had a chance this year. God works in mysterious ways. I don’t know what’s ahead for him, but it will be something.”

Gary Garcia said it was almost a sense of relief for his son and the chance for a fresh start. He said his son does not have an alcohol problem.

“I don’t think he has to get anything squared away,” Gary Garcia told the Tribune. “He has been doing well. I don’t think he’s a loose cannon. He’s a wannabe college student who has a lot of eyes on him.

“To start off like he started (with numerous suspensions) was not on level ground. He was below the ground. At home, he’ll be a lot more conscientious. The players and coaches here (at South Carolina), they’ve called and texted him. They just think he’s a college kid. Leave him alone. Everything he does gets reported. He’s an SEC quarterback. He’s not Tim Tebow. But there’s only one Tim Tebow, I know.”

Gary Garcia said he plans to eventually contact former Tampa Bay Bucs coach Jon Gruden and others for advice on what options his son has as far as playing professionally. But he said he’s more concerned about his son returning home to Tampa.

"At the end of the day, we’re going to keep our heads up," Gary Garcia said. "He’s going to do something good. Something good will come out of this. God has a plan for him. We don’t know yet, but it’s going to be something special."


Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:57 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

"Instead of trying to "breed" your son to make you money, why not keep him in SCHOOL to get a MEANINGFUL degree in something, and teach him the life skills you failed to while he was growing up."

Perhaps read the story next time. Garcia graduated in May, he has a college degree from the University of South Carolina. Actually, in college they offer courses that improve your reading comprehension. Perhaps this would benefit you?

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:51 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

next option...hmm lets see...pull your head out

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:48 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

The article says he graduated in May. 

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:13 am
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Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:12 am

Suspended 5 times already.For what ? Drugs ?

Was each suspension for drugs ?( the most dangerous drug of all,alcohol ) If so,i`d be more worried about the drug problem than where he MIGHT play football

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:51 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

I say kudos to the dad here. he doesnt sit there and say my boy never did anything wrong. he acknowledges the fact that he made mistakes. but as his father he obviously wants the very best for his son so of course he is gonna explore all options, i would too. its just rare to hear a parent of an athlete in some kind of situation say they know they did wrong and not place blame on everbody else. i hope the kid can get turned around and make something of himself. he certainly has a good father helping him along.

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:46 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Zero tolerance my ass. The only thing Garcia violated was losing the starting job. Had he still been their starter, he'd still be on the team no matter what he had done.

Spurrier is despicable. 

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:32 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Did anyone expect anything else from him? He graduated in May, so his days and nights are free to party-which we all know he loves-. Without classes or a job he was just playing football on saturdays. By the way he played this year he prob didnt study the play book or prepare for the games. Garcias future= Used Car Salesman

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:25 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Garcia graduated in May.  Somehow through all of the circus of this kid's life, he managed to have already gotten his degree - good for him- because he will be better off - having that in his hands that as he gets on with his life and tries to find a career.  College football is now conpletely over for him & Professional football is highly, highly unlikely.  He should consider himself fortunate - think of the countless number of college players who end up with their college careers concluding in less than desirable ways ... how many manage to walk away with their degree?

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:16 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

He was just an average QB at best, who was suspended 5 times You better be looking at the arena league pal, and you might not even be good enough to cut it there.

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