Report: Gamecocks suspend QB Garcia
South Carolina starting quarterback Stephen Garcia was suspended indefinitely from the team Wednesday for behavior that the school's athletic director called "unacceptable," according to The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper.
University AD Eric Hyman did not offer a reason for the suspension.
But in a statement reported by the newspaper, Hyman said: "Being a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina is a privilege, not a right. We have expectations for our student-athletes and we make them aware that there are consequences for their actions. Stephen has exhibited behavior that is unacceptable for one of our student-athletes. Therefore, he has forfeited the privilege to participate in any football related activity until further notice."
This isn't the first time Garcia has faced disciplinary issues during his tenure with the Gamecocks, the defending 2010 SEC East champions. He also was suspended last month for the first week of spring practice for a violation of team rules that occurred during South Carolina’s trip to Atlanta in December for the Chick-fil-A Bowl, according to The State.
Garcia spoke last month about the Atlanta transgression and promised it would be his last, the paper said.
“It was a bad decision on my part down in Atlanta. Nothing bad is going to happen again. That is a guarantee," Garcia said in March.
The Gamecocks' spring game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, according to the newspaper.