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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: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:59 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

I agree.  Spurrier plays mind games with his quarterbacks and some kids can handle it and some can't.  But Spurrier is totally overrated as a coach.  All he wants to do now is play golf and hope that his team does well on game day.  He totally quit on the Redskins in his second season and didn't give a rip about the team. 

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:19 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

He was never as good as his freshman season, but to give up a chance to play in the SEC with all its glitz and glamour, well that's a once in a lifetime opp for very very few.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:11 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Play professionally? Are you delusional? He threw about 41 or so interceptions in his career which almost matched his TD totals. He threw 4 to Vandy alone this year, what is he going to do against professional competition? Your sons next option Gary? Get his degree and realize football is over.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:26 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

gruden?  seriously, he's going to contact gruden?  what has he ever done besides give qbs on his bus handjobs and look like chucky?  

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:58 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

I agree with you, racamp, we will be fine. Some of the most talented kids that are playing college football right now are in Gamecock uniforms and there is plenty of more help on the way in next year's recruiting class! I hope that no one thinks that I was disparaging Stephen with my posts, I am STILL hoping for the best for him, but he needs to be told the truth about how life works. He deserves his dressing down for what he did but other than that, I wish him much success and happiness in whatever path he chooses. I think that the Gamecocks have a chance to do something special this year and this may be just what they needed to get them to rally around one another and get down to the business at hand. Don't count our Gamecocks out, this team is chock full of fighters!!! GO COCKS!!!!!

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:18 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Why don't we just let this be?  It is over and done.  Now we need to get on with the season and Garcia needs to move on with his life.  The boy made mistakes and I don't think it is our job to judge his actions.  Let's just get behind the Gamecocks and concentrate on the other games.  I personally think we will be alright.  We have too much talent to let one incident get in the way.  I think we have more talent than we have had at Carolina maybe in the history of the program.   Let's get behind the team and pull for them like crazy.  GO GAMECOCKS! 

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:06 am

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

The "kid" only had , what.......we've played 6 games.......we play 12 per year.........6 more weeks to stay away from alcohol???... and he couldn't do it???? And now Dad says that he doesn't have a problem?? Come on Gary, help your boy grow into a man. It's called C-O-N-S-E-Q-U-E-N-C-E-S!!!

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:55 pm

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Are you nuts?? Have you not followed this kid?? I am a huge Stephen Garcia and SC Gamecock fan and EVEN I know that enough is ENOUGH!!! They gave him the chance , excuse me, the 6 chances of a lifetime and this kid let down his team, his fans and himself because he doesn't have a problem??? I know how the kid got so screwed up now, his Dad never taght him about consequences!! Poor kid, never had a chance. It's funny, isn't it???? We don't have any other kids having this much trouble following the rules. I can see now that his Mom and Dad raised him to think that he is entitled and that he didn't have to worry about the rules that the rest of us have to follow. I am glad that it is over and I have been rooting for him to shut the critics up every day this year....EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!!!!!!!! He won't play Division 1 ball again in this lifetime and he didn't finish the job that would have opened the doors for a job at the next level. Maybe "Dad" can tell them that he meant to do better and that he doesn't really have a problem and some idiot will give him chance number 7 , 8 , 9, 10 , 11 , 12 , 13 , 14 , 15.................................





Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:36 pm

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Steve Spurrier is partly at fault for what has become of this kid. He's enabled him to do the things he's done...

Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:14 pm

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Dad is in total denial that his son is a drunk and a loser. The Gamecocks became a much better football team today. They can now focus on football and not the Garcia saga. What a waste The kid had it all and drank it all away 12 ounces at atime.

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