Spurrier says Garcia remains Gamecocks starting QB

The quarterback controversy has ended in a hurry at South

Carolina.

Coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday that Stephen Garcia will start

on Oct. 9 when the No. 20 Gamecocks play No. 1 Alabama.

Spurrier pulled Garcia in the fourth quarter of last weekend’s

loss to Auburn after he fumbled twice. Freshman Connor Shaw came in

and threw interceptions on successive possessions.

The coach says Garcia has played well this season except for the

fumbles, and that he’s still trying to get the quarterback to stop

running with his head down.

Spurrier is still unhappy with his offensive line. He says

either losing doesn’t hurt them enough or they aren’t smart enough

to play their assignments.