Somewhere, somebody probably just won a good chunk of change. Stephen Garcia has been dismissed from the South Carolina Gamecock football program. If you had under seven games, you won. The move has been confirmed by numerous sources close to the program. This comes as no surprise to those familiar with the Garcia story. Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier made it clear throughout the off-season that Garcia’s partying would absolutely have to stop if he planned to remain a part of the team. Apparently that threat was just not enough. Spurrier even threw what some consider to be a parting shot at Garcia at his Tuesday press conference. When talking about new starting QB Connor Shaw, Spurrier said “He’s a smart young man. His dad’s a high school coach. His brother is quarterback at Georgia Southern. He’s all football and school. I think he has around a 3.0 (GPA) as a business major. He’s a good student. You’re not going to hear about him downtown in the bars I don’t think.”
Coming off the heels of an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Auburn Tigers, in which the Gamecock offense had absolutely no flow whatsoever, Garcia did not take one snap in the 54-3 demolishing of Kentucky last weekend. Connor Shaw got the start for Spurrier, throwing for 311 of South Carolina’s amazing 639 yards of total offense, as well as 4 TDs. Shaw will obviously remain “the guy” going forward for the Gamecocks the rest of the season, who still have a great shot to get back to Atlanta in December.