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Spurrier: Garcia's got a chance of being back

Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 1:16 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Suspended South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia spent last weekend celebrating his graduation in Columbia with family and friends. But a weekend of celebrating achievement has not erased the misconduct that has his future with the Gamecocks in jeopardy. Garcia was suspended April 6 for drinking before an SEC-mandated life skills event. After graduation, he met with head coach Steve Spurrier about his future with the program.

"Stephen Garcia's got a chance of being back," Spurrier told a group of fans gathered for his first "Fan Fest" address. "We'll see how the summer plays out and see if he can mature a little bit and quit acting immature-ish and childish and things like that."

Spurrier said the meeting with Garcia went "OK," and suggested that maybe Garcia will be allowed to join a group of "guys who know how to act responsibly and represent the University of South Carolina."

The Gamecocks have another chance to win the SEC East this spring, particularly with the pieces they return from last year's SEC Championship Game squad. Spurrier stands by backup Connor Shaw, but few believe that the Gamecocks can reach their potential with the sophomore under center. Sources have suggested to the Charleston Post and Courier that Garcia could be reinstated before summer workouts begin in June, and most expect him to return before the season starts.

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 8:14 am

Spurrier: Garcia's got a chance of being back

Garcia in my opinion isn't a well round QB he kinda reminds me of J Harris for the Canes...he can make some good plays...but his mistakes out way his achevments both on and off the field.  I think that Connor Shaw would be the best for the Gamecocks and it would allow more growth for South Carolina...with young Lattimore and other up and coming players for SC its time for Garcia to go and new life blood needs to come into the program.  It will pay for its self in the long run.

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:35 am

Spurrier: Garcia's got a chance of being back

Garcia is only back because Spurrier and South Carolina are that desperate. Though Garcia sucks at QB, the Gamecocks have no one else to turn to..

Kid should of been kicked off the team. This act only continues to make the school and the football program look baaaaaad.

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:37 pm

Spurrier: Garcia's got a chance of being back

Wow, Imagine that. Spurrier backpedalling and allowing a five time offender to play on a team when he has clearly disrespected the University and Gamecock team with his constant diregard for the rules. Spurrier will lose all respect in most peoples eyes if he allows him to return, plus the team will view this as an opportunity to produce on the field and act anyway you want off the field.

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