A decision on the future of suspended South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia is less than a week away.
Gamecocks football coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday that athletics director Eric Hyman likely will reveal Monday or Tuesday whether Garcia will be reinstated following his fifth career suspension. Summer workouts begin next Wednesday.
“From what I heard, he’s doing a lot of things the university asked him to do,” Spurrier told reporters before speaking at the USC Fan Fest in Sumter. “Hopefully he’ll be back and have a chance to prove he can represent the University of South Carolina in a first-class manner, which he’s not quite done.”
Garcia, the starting quarterback the past two seasons, was suspended indefinitely on April 6 for his behavior at an SEC violence-prevention seminar the evening before. He also was suspended for a week of spring practice in March reportedly after coaches found girls in his hotel room during bed check at the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
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The Tampa-area native was suspended from the team three times in his first year for run-ins with authorities while drinking and for vandalizing a visiting professor’s car.
Hyman said this month Garcia was making progress to win reinstatement, but he still had “checkpoints” to reach. Garcia said when he graduated this month that he felt good about his chances of returning to the reigning SEC East champs.
Spurrier said, if Garcia is reinstated, he will not be guaranteed the starting job
“If he was preseason all-conference (or) All-American, we’d sit here and worry about him. He’s never quite been in that situation,” the coach said. “Connor Shaw may beat him out. They’re going to have to fight it out and see who the best quarterback is.”