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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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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."



Comments

Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

You might be as stupid and as a big a loser as Garcia. Kid had the world by the   and could not handle it Think the two of you both need counseling.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

"Sounds like Dad has the right attitude."
Are you kidding me, David0613?  If anything it sounds like papa Garcia is more in denial than his son is.  How does this quote sound like dad understands his son's issues?  "He’s a wannabe college student who has a lot of eyes on him...They just think he’s a college kid. Leave him alone."

Let's refresh everyone's memory about this "wannabe college student."  His freshman year was made memorable by a public intoxication arrest, the equivalent of resisting the orders of a police officer, two suspensions from team practices, and the keying of a professor's car.

A year later, Garcia was arrested again for underage drinking (again) and suspended from the university.  (By the way, guess who got Stephen his brew & booze for the evening?  His older brother, who went to Harvard, was visiting for the weekend.)

That leads us up to the night before the Peach Bowl in December 2010 when he was caught by the USC coaching staff completely drunk with  handful of girls in his room after curfew.

Next, we have Garcia attending a mandatory program for all SEC athletes in May of 2011.  After voicing his displeasure with the topic of a speaker-initiated discussion of all the things Garcia has done wrong at USC, an administrator pulled Garcia aside to have a word.  Surprise!  Garcia was drinking again and admitted to having drinks before coming to the program.

Finally after serving out another suspension and coming back to the team under a zero-tolerance drug & alcohol policy, guess who couldn't pass a clean piss test?

Stephen Garcia may go down as one of the biggest wastes of athletic talent in college sport history and his father doesn't think a young man who has served multiple alcohol-related suspensions and gets bounced after failing again.  THIS is why children in our society have no understanding of boundaries and what is right and wrong.  People still want to give this schmuck another chance.



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

If he had not played at all this season South Carolina might not have come back against East Carolina. If Shaw had proven at any point before the KY game that Spurrier could trust him with the team then Garcia would be gone. The ONLY reason he is gone is because he was going down hill on the field, if he kept playing like he played last year against Alabama then Spurrier would have suspended him again, for a Monday practice.




Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

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.


The above statement by his father explains everything about why Garcia is the way he is.  He is a reflection of his parents.  He may say 'zero tolerance' is ok but the above statement says everything.  

He showed his problem.  Sad.  Such a waste of talent.  Football is 10% phyical and 90% mental. 




Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

This kid was also caught in an Atlanta hotel partying like a rock star with drunk, young chicks.  Garcia never had enough talent to play in the NFL but I would never hire him in the corporate world because he obviously cannot follow instructions from authority.  I am not saying your boss wat work can say if you drink or not, but your boss at work can definitely choose to hire or fire you for disobeying work rules.  



Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

...dad "God works in mysterious ways. I don’t know what’s ahead for him, but it will be something.”
...translation - yea like jailtime.This punk is a pothead and he does have a drinking problem. Sounds like another parent in denial.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Sounds like Dad has the right attitude.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Apparently he failed a 'substance' test does that include alchohol, or just drugs?



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Gotta give Spur Dog and the dad major props here. Tough situation for the dad to have to come out and blast his son.



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

lol he's in his early twenties and now he has to live with his parents along with being labeled a loser. Damn that sucks


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