Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Gary Garcia said his son, Stephen Garcia, was dismissed from the team for having "a couple of beers."
In an interview with CBSSports, Gary Garcia said his son, Stephen Garcia, was "shocked" by his dismissal from USC's football team. Stephen Garcia, who had been given chance after chance by USC and the coaching staff, was dismissed from the football program on Tuesday. WLTX reports that Garcia's dad said his son was dismissed from the team for "having a couple of beers." Coach Steve Spurrier benched Garcia last week's game against Kentucky and sophomore Connor Shaw took the snaps for the Gamecocks' 54-3 win. Read more on Garcia.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Gamecocks said Garcia agreed to a number of guidelines when he was welcomed back to the squad this fall, but he hasn't followed through on his end.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Senior quarterback Stephen Garcia lost not only his starting position this week, but also his opportunity to play for the Gamecocks. Garcia, who had been given chance after chance by USC and the coaching staff, has been dismissed from the football program, the school said on Tuesday. “Being a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina is a privilege, not a right,” said Athletics Director Eric Hyman in a release. "We remind all of our student-athletes that there are consequences for their actions. 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. …
Monday, October 3, 2011
The sophomore says he's ready to play
Sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw will be taking snaps on Saturday against Kentucky. Gamecock Head Coach Steve Spurrier said Shaw practiced well on Monday night and that change was needed, as the team prepares to take on the Wildcats. “This is his game, it’s his opportunity to go play and we think he’s ready,” Spurrier said. “We’re going to find out Saturday. Connor had a good practice tonight and, as most everyone knows, our quarterback play has not been as good as we hoped. We’ve got to do something." Spurrier asked Gamecock fans to give Shaw their support. It was the team's first practice since Saturday's 16-13 loss against Auburn. Quarterback and fifth-year starter Stephen Garcia was 9 of 23 for 160 yards and two interceptions against …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Coach Spurrier Pleased With Gamecocks First Preseason Practice
The USC Gamecocks football team held their first preseason practice Wednesday night and a curious thing happened. Head coach Steve Spurrier seemed happy when the night was done. "A pretty nice practice," is how Spurrier described it. Rabid Gamecock fans who like to parse every syllable of Spurrier's post-practice comments to the media may likely be surprised by that. Spurrier, a master of damning with faint praise, a coach who is notoriously hard to please, found virtually nothing to criticize and a lot to be happy about as the Gamecocks kick off their campaign to win the school's first Southeastern Conference crown. While he did make a playful dig at starting QB Stephen Garcia for throwing some "sinkers" during drills, Spurrier told …
Most practices will be closed this year.
The Gamecocks are back in town. The University of South Carolina football team opens fall practice on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. It will be one of few practices open to the public this season. Head coach Steve Spurrier decided to close practice to the public and the media this season unless otherwise noted, but with excitement for this year's team building, Spurrier said he would allow spectators for the first practice. The practice will take place at the Bluff Road facility and include only the defense. Earlier this week, Spurrier announced that quarterback Stephen Garcia and quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus had both been reinstated and cleared to return to the team immediately. Last week, Spurrier spoke at a media golf event about …