Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Stephen Garcia is an ex-Gamecock.

The roller coaster Stephen Garcia era at South Carolina is officially over. Not just merely over, but really most sincerely over.  The school has announced the dismissal of the oft-troubled quarterback for failure to to meet unspecified guidelines he was supposed to follow in order to stay on the team.

“Being a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina is a privilege, not a right and we remind all of our student-athletes that there are consequences for their actions,” Hyman said in a statement.
Garcia was suspended from all team activities in April for unacceptable conduct at a life-skills seminar. He was conditionally approved to workout with teammates in May, then reinstated fully last August just before football camp began.

Hyman and coach Steve Spurrier said then Garcia had to live up to several regulations to keep his spot in the program.

“Unfortunately,” Hyman continued, Garcia “has not been able to abide by those guidelines and therefore forfeited his position on the roster."

Garcia has already graduated from the school just before the season began, and was playing out his lest season of eligibility, and preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft.  His dismissal is probably a good sign that he might to need to use that diploma sooner or later.

The dismissal of Garcia means that a sometimes chaotic era of South Carolina football is over. But it also means there's a chance the one of the most successful eras of South Carolina football is over as well.

(via Rivals.com)

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