Stephen Garcia Dismissed
October 12, 2011 by staff
Stephen Garcia Dismissed, Long Stephen Garcia, tumultuous and controversial career in South Carolina has come to an abrupt end.
The fifth-year senior was dismissed from the Gamecck football program on Tuesday, a week after losing the starting position he had had, but a party, from the end of his rookie season red shirt.
Multiple reports indicate Garcia’s removal due to no test substance.
“I will not deny what people have said,” the president said Harris Pastides The Daily Gamecck, but refused to comment on exactly why Garcia was fired.
Pastides said Garcia broke the terms of a contract signed with the university earlier this year.
“It was very clear when the contract was made before, this would not be a matter of good that I think or have a vote on it,” said Pastides. “It was only in his hands.”
The president said he was not notified of the decision until 3 pm, after the media widely reported the matter. The decision was taken by the Athletic Director Eric Hyman.
“I was totally okay with that because I knew I had a contract which, if violated, would not be part of the football program,” said Pastides, adding he was “very disappointed” that news leaked early in the day.
Garcia’s father, Gerardo Garcia, said his son had CBSSports.com “a couple of beers”, which led to the dismissal. Garcia said he was “completely shocked and stunned” by the dismissal of a text to The Associated Press. Garcia, who was under a zero-tolerance policy after his reinstatement, emphatically denied having a drinking problem during a preseason press conference in August.
The Daily Gamecck contact the phone number listed under the name of Garcia in the USC Student Directory for comment. A woman rose and said that was not the number of Garcia. Multiple e-mail requests for comment Garcia were not returned. A family friend of the Garcia family told The Daily Gamecck would pass along a message for comment, but the call was not returned.
A source told the daily gamecck members of the family had traveled to Colombia Garcia in his hometown of Lutz, Florida, after Garcia was informed of the dismissal, and Garcia was in the process of leaving your off-campus apartment on Tuesday afternoon. The dismissal ended a personal two weeks trying to Garcia, whose grandfather recently passed away before his demotion from starting quarterback.
“Being a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina is a privilege, not a right, and remember all our student-athletes that there are consequences for their actions,” Hyman said in a statement. “To return to Stephen and stay with the football team this fall, we agreed on a set of guidelines. Unfortunately, it has not been able to meet those guidelines and therefore has lost its position in the list. We wish the best of luck as you progress in life. ”
Hyman statement was almost identical to that released on April 6 this year announced the indefinite suspension of Garcia in the program after an incident at a Southeastern Conference-mandated life skills seminar on campus. The suspension, which was the fifth of Garcia at USC, continued throughout the summer until the beginning of summer camp, when Garcia was reinstated to the team under the conditions set by Hyman, Pastides and coach Steve Spurrier. At the time, Spurrier said he was optimistic that Garcia had changed their “lifestyle.”
Garcia began the summer having started 28 consecutive games at quarterback for the Gameccks, dating from the Outback Bowl in 2009. But Spurrier called Connor Shaw second starting quarterback for the game of the season against USC East Carolina in Charlotte, Shaw had surpassed indicating Garcia in a summer camp.
Garcia entered the game against the Pirates in the second quarter with the final Gameccks 17-0 and played well, recovering the starting job and leading USC to a 56-37 comeback victory. Garcia started against Georgia, Navy, Vanderbilt and Auburn, with performances getting worse on each output. After Garcia was particularly effective in the loss of the Gameccks’ 16-13 to Auburn at home on October 1, Spurrier chose to return to Shaw, who starred in Kentucky slaughter USC 54-3 on Saturday.
Garcia USC out of the race with 7597 meters passing and 47 touchdown passes. Both marks put him third all-time record books at USC. Garcia won 20 games as a starter at USC, second all-time in school history.
With Garcia at quarterback, Gameccks won two straight against Clemson for the first time since 1969-1970, and the first SEC Eastern Division championship in program history in 2010 and the first win over a ranked team in history when USC defeated then-No. 1 Alabama in Colombia last year.
But there were many bumps in the road Garc?a, almost from the beginning of his time in Colombia. Garcia was suspended three times early in his career, missing most of spring practice in 2007, all the exercises in the spring of 2008, and many of the sessions this spring. Garcia has never lost a game, however, due to suspension.
After a strange start to his weekly press conference, Spurrier met with a handful of print and Internet media, including the Daily Gamecck, a conference room inside the football facilities. The roundtable was conducted before the announcement of the dismissal of Garcia, but Spurrier was asked several questions about Garcia. When asked if Garcia is back up on Saturday at the Shaw Mississippi State, Spurrier said timidly that “we will see how everything works.”
When asked about the extent and severity of left elbow injury Garcia suffered during the game supposedly Auburn, Spurrier said he was “not sure”.
Spurrier spoke highly of Shaw, his performance against the UK and their level of commitment.
“He is all football,” Spurrier said. “You will not hear from him the center of the bars, I do not think.”
The public relationship between Garcia and Spurrier has been an often discussed, many controversial moments in recent years. Spurrier has often been critical of Garcia’s work ethic and its performance in the field.
But on Tuesday, Spurrier said his “sadness” over the dismissal of Garcia in the official statement announcing the decision.
“We all feel that we have given numerous opportunities for Stephen to be a student-athlete here in South Carolina,” Spurrier said. “Obviously, he has chosen not to follow the guidelines of his contract for reinstatement. We wish him well.”
Pastides said he personally liked Garcia and left a voice message expressing his sadness over the shape of his career at USC ended. The university does not revoke the grant of Garcia, Pastides said.
“I wished him luck and told him he had a good future and a good career ahead of him, to keep your head high with respect to its future,” said Pastides. “I am eager to hear from him.”
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