Athletic Director Eric Hyman released a statement saying that Garcia did not meet the requirements necessary to remain with the team.
His exact words were:
“Being a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina is a privilege, not a right, and we remind all of our student-athletes that there are consequences for their actions. For Stephen to return to and remain with the football squad this fall, we agreed on several established guidelines. Unfortunately, he has not been able to abide by those guidelines and has therefore forfeited his position on the roster. We wish him the best of luck as he moves forward in life."
This is huge news coming out of Columbia, and interesting timing, given the fact that Garcia was just demoted.
Steve Spurrier says that he is "saddened" by this news.
This will now close the book on a tarnished legacy of "what ifs". Garcia was a great quarterback in spurts, but he was also a basket case of sorts, constantly making huge errors.
The team lost an apparent leader, but a leader who has not shown up for much of the season.
This is now Connor Shaw's boat from here on out. Whether the boat sinks or floats, that will be up to him.
My gut reaction?
I feel sorry for Garcia, even though I can't blame the university.
I feel sorry for him because I think he needs help as a person. There are some demons hidden in his mind, and I wish him well. So does the rest of Gamecock nation. We can't forget his contributions, which were at times spectacular.
Goodbye, Stephen...and take care.