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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: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:11 am

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Spurrier did the right thing; the kid obviously doesn't appreciate or respect the tremendous opportunity he was given. Now he can return to Tampa and sort himself out, return to a lesser program, what a waste.

Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:30 am

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Better than Mississippi State, Tennessee and Florida I buy. But South Carolina is not better than Arkansas. See what the Hogs did to Auburn last week? Two weeks ago, I think South Carolina MAY have been able to beat Arkansas, that's when both Arkansas' starting CBs and DEs were out with injury, but not now. The Gamecocks could still beat the Razorbacks in Columbia, but in Fayetteville or on a neutral site I give them a snowball's chance...

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:31 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

CORRECTION! SOUTH CAROLINA BEAT NAVY! As for garcia he has made many mistakes that i know he will  regret. The good news is he has a degree and is young enough to turn his life around. He done many good things there too. Unfourtunately the bad always overshadows the good. He needs prayers to get him through this in order to move on. He does have a child to think about so pray for him  instead of bashing the kid.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:16 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Better than AR? Really? I guess we'll see.... Good luck.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:02 pm

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Unfortunately you statement is sad but true.  They definition of the regular college kid is one who drinks and parties too much.  I guess looking back as a college athlete I must have not been regular. I actually respected the school I played for and the investment they had made in me.  

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:39 am

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

he has already graduated, good kid, just couldnt keep out of regular college kid trouble, I wish him well.

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:24 am

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Garcia finally did something that got him into real trouble; he became expendable.

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:33 am

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Didn't LSU go thru something similar to this a few years back? They ended up sending their QB to Jacksonville State Universitiy I think....not sure how that guy did while he was there....don't be surprised if they do that with Garcia....that's if he still wants to play. Gonna be kinda hard to walk around campus with all the stigma. If Shaw is a sophomore or freshman then its good timing but bad for South Carolina since I had them picked to mop up the SEC East. That's still possible with Florida being down and Georgia still looking for their identity.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:14 am

Stephen Garcia dismissed from Gamecocks

Very good comment here. I am a real fan of University of South Carolina. Thanks for pulling for Shaw. I only think you will be suprised by Shaw in his ability. He is very good and is a smart player, which our prior QB was not. I will talk with you after the 3 road games and I have big hope we will still be improving with each game. We have a better team than Miss St., Tenn, Arkansas, and Florida - we have better athletes, we just need to play together with the chemistry and wisdom that wins games. Our first 5 games we did not even use the ability we had on the field. We did not use our Tight End, we did not use several of our receivers. Last week we used our talent. Yes , Kentucky is a weaker team, but you cannot dismiss how well we played too.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:03 am
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