Stephen Garcia Suspended: Spurrier Says It Was 'University Decision'

11:34 PM, Apr 6, 2011   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - USC Head Coach Steve Spurrier briefly addressed the suspension of quarterback Stephen Garcia Wednesday night, following the news that the star player had been told to sit for a violation. 

The coach said the call to punish Garcia was a university decision, and that he, USC President Harris Pastides, and Athletics Director Eric Hyman were all involved.

Spurrier said the quarterback is suspended from all football activities for the rest of the semester, and his status would be determined at a later date.

About three hours earlier, Hyman issued a statement stating Garcia had been suspended indefinitely from the team, saying the player "has exhibited behavior that is unacceptable for one of our student-athletes." More: Hyman's Statement on Garcia

In his written comment, Hyman did not say specifically what Garcia's violation was, and Spurrier did not elaborate either when he spoke.

"I'm sure you've got some investigators," Spurrier told reporters.

Multiple sources, however, say there was leadership seminar for all student athletes Tuesday night, and that Garcia apparently did something inappropriate during that gathering. He was then told he was suspended.

Garcia told the Associated Press that the suspension did not involve arrests, nor was it drug or alcohol related.

"We are where we are," Spurrier said. "If he's back he's back, and if he's not back, it's really the same thing as maybe a guy getting hurt, or a guy going pro or whatever. Players come and go as we all know. This incident should never have happened but it did."

The disciplining comes less than three weeks after Garcia was forced to sit out the first three spring practice workouts for violating team rules during the week leading up to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta in late December.

When he returned from the suspension, Garcia guaranteed that nothing bad would happen again. Previously: Garcia Says There Won't Be Any More Trouble

The suspension is Garcia's fifth since he enrolled at the university in 2007, and it puts his future in doubt. The fifth-year senior was expected to complete his senior season, and perhaps make an attempt to enter the NFL.

USC's annual Garnet and Black game takes place Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium. With Garcia out, it would appear that Conner Shaw would start that game, with other quarterbacks subbing in throughout the scrimmage.


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