Posted by Tom Fornelli
Ever since South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia was given his latest in a long line of suspensions, folks have been wondering what Garcia's future at the school would be. Will he return to the team in time to once again be the Gamecocks starter in 2011, or is it possible he'll never play a down of football in Columbia again? Nobody really knows, not even Garcia's head coach apparently.
Steve Spurrier was part of the SEC's spring football teleconference on Wednesday morning, and when the question was asked about Garcia's future, he didn't really have much of an answer to give.
“It will be a university decision probably happen sometime during the summer," said Spurrier. "Sort of check his progress and see how he is reacting to some certain issues. The athletic director, the president, and I, we’ve all started giving him some guidelines. We’ll see how he follows those.
“He’s all set to graduate in May as long as he passes one of two courses he’s taking now. With his degree in hand, obviously he’s eligible to play anywhere in the country. And he’s got another year remaining. So, hopefully, we will work it out that he will be back with us with a lot better attitude then he’s ever had.”
Now, while I have no inside information on what the guidelines for Garcia are, given his history, I have a hard time imagining he'll be able to follow them. Garcia has already been given plenty of chances to get his act together at South Carolina, and he's repeatedly screwing all of them up. I mean, he'd already been suspended for spring practice when he showed up to a team function reeking of alcohol, which led to the latest suspension.
Does that sound like the type of thing somebody who learns from their mistakes would do?
In my opinion, Spurrier and South Carolina would probably be better off cutting ties with Garcia and just moving on.