USC officials have agreed to reinstate suspended quarterback Stephen Garicia as of Friday, sources close to the situation told The State this evening.
Garcia’s suspension was to have lasted through Aug. 15. It is unclear whether Garcia will be in attendance for the Gamecocks’ team meeting Thursday, the official reporting day for the team.
“If he’s at the meeting, then I’ll have a comment for you,” USC coach Steve Spurrier said this evening. “But I need to stay out of it until I get the official word that he’s clear. I’m out of the loop until somebody over there says that he is now with you guys.”
Garcia, a redshirt freshman from Lutz, Fla., was suspended in March following an underage drinking citation - his third run-in with the law since arriving at USC in January 2007.
Garcia is expected to begin preseason drills no higher than third on the depth chart behind Tommy Beecher and Chris Smelley.