I came back from vacation today to some minor South Carolina news.
The Southeastern Conference announced this afternoon the three players who will represent each of the league’s 12 teams at next week’s Football Media Days in Hoover, Ala. This, of course, only qualifies as news during early July, but it is interesting to confirm that quarterback Stephen Garcia is not on the list.
No one really expected Garcia to make the trip. Head coach Steve Spurrier indicated last month in Destin, Fla., at the league’s spring meetings that Garcia wouldn’t be going, and the senior still is on a probationary status with the team.
South Carolina would open itself up to way too many “How can a guy be suspended five times and still be playing?” stories to take Garcia to the event, but it’s still a reminder of how unusual his tenure here in Columbia has been.
Most schools bring their quarterback to Media Days if he can make a complete sentence. Six are bringing the quarterback this year, including Florida, where John Brantley hardly showered himself with glory last year.
Joining Brantley will be LSU’s Jordan Jefferson, Mississippi State’s Chris Relf, Georgia’s Aaron Murray, Kentucky’s Morgan Newton and Vanderbilt’s Larry Smith. Garcia has thrown for more yards and won more games and championships (Eastern Division title counts, right?) than all of those players.
Oh, by the way, the three players South Carolina is taking are running back Marcus Lattimore, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and defensive tackle Travian Robertson. The assembled media – which will number somewhere around 1,000 – will eat up Lattimore so expect a lot of glowing stories about him around the region starting next week and beyond.