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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: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:49 pm

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Garcia had so many chances...  No excuses at all for this guy.   The Ole Ball Coach gave him numerous chances to get a grip on his life and focus on football and stop acting like a douche but Stephen didn't get it.  

Very Happy with the decision that Spurrier and Gamecocks made to get rid of this joker.    His Dad needs to open his eyes and realize his kid has some serious issues and God doesn't have anything to do with it

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:48 pm

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

This is a positive story in several ways
1.  A university took a tough stance.  wish that the one that i am a fan of could learn that.
2. the dad was old school.  says he is not blaming the university at all.  that stephen is repsonsible.  how refreshing.
3. stephen must be really bummed, but he will prob learn to take this problem seriously now.  coddling people dosnt help.

4. for the self righteous haters out there:  having a drinking problem doesnt necessarily make a person evil.    weak maybe.  addiction is tough to kick, and I wish him the best with that battle.  sounds like he has a good family.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:44 pm

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Too bad the reports are also stating that he tested positive for marijuana... "just a few beers"..... meh.

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:15 pm

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

I don't know if Stephen Garcia has an alcohol problem or not, but I tend to find it true that if alcohol is causing repeated problems in your life, you more than likely do have an alcohol problem.  I could be mistaken, but it seems to me that alcohol is in fact causing repeated problems in the life of Stephen Garcia. Hope he gets a handle on it.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:10 pm

Thanks for letting us all down Stephen!!

I stood behind you Stephen through thick & thin & this is how you re-pay "The Gamecock Nation"!! Guess you figured you were done for the season anyway after your umpteen Interceptions & turnovers! OH YEAH..... THANKS AGAIN FOR RUINING OUR UNDEFEATED SEASON!! Now you can go get tore up anytime you want!!

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:07 pm

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

All i have to say is this dude had a chance many people would die for but he chose to party and try to get at college girls. I dont blame him, i know i chose partying and girls over my athletic career. It's hard, it's really hard not to drink and party when you think ur the chyt on campus, but the hardest part is the temptation of all the hott girls...which is what i think this dudes downfall was.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:06 pm

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Garcia underperformed.  That usually indicates more than "one or two beers."  Addicts lie.  Garcia is probably an addict.  Do the math.

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:00 pm

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

His offenses were boneheaded and immature, not criminal or violent.....but still, you have to wonder if he had been a TE or a DL how many chances he would've gotten.  


Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 7:00 pm

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Spare me...they allow Pryor and whats his name in Denver to be in the league...the bar has now been lowered to enter the NFL as a QB.
Hell, Marinovich may come back!  lol

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:57 pm

Dad says Garcia violated "zero tolerance policy"

Anyone who is saddened by this or who wants to buy him a beer, etc. just does not get it.  No one else would get five chances to stay a student, keep a job or anything else important...he got four more chances than he deserved.  While overdue, the right action to take.

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