While quarterback Stephen Garcia is inching closer to a full return to South Carolina this fall following his fifth suspension from the team in April, it appears redshirt freshman cornerback Victor Hampton will not be shown the same mercy.
Hampton was dismissed from the Gamecocks football team today for unspecified reasons, South Carolina Sports Information Director Steve Fink said.
Hampton has since taken to Twitter to voice his disbelief.
“smh im gone….damn
“didnt even get a chance to play thts wat hurts the most.. now i gotta leave mi brothers again mi lifes shoes have walked so far already.”
Although it’s unclear at this present moment what Hampton did to warrant his dismissal, SCNow.com indicates that the Darlington, SC native and former high school U.S. Army All-American traveled a rocky road to Columbia.
“He [Hampton] was arrested Feb. 5, 2010, while still at Darlington and charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol. Darlington authorities later dropped the charge.
“It wasn’t Hampton’s first run-in with the law. He faced a disorderly conduct charge in July of 2008 in the Charlotte area, although that charge was subsequently dropped, he said.”
Exiting spring practice, Hampton was listed as the backup to starting corner Stephon Gilmore.
UPDATED 5:30 p.m. ET: Hampton has tweeted that he is possibly interested in transferring to Grambling and that his dismissal from the team was unexpected.
“this (expletive) crazy shawty 1030 this morning they hit me wit this (expletive) no call no nuthn showed they tru colors,” Hampton said.
Translation: The circumstances surrounding my dismissal from the South Carolina Gamecocks are bewildering. At 10:30 a.m. this morning the university unexpectedly informed me of their decision without any prior notice. Such a choice has left me to believe that team officials were not the close friends who cared about my well-being as I previously thought.