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Stephen Garcia’s dad responds to dismissal

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Hours ago, it was announced that South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia had been dismissed from the team after reportedly failing an alcohol test. It’s been well-documented that Garcia was on an especially short leash with head coach Steve Spurrier following the senior’s fifth suspension last April for — again — what is reported to be an alcohol-related incident.

But even though the troublesome Garcia era is over in Columbia, the reactions of the dismissal are only just beginning, and there’s probably no one who can give as intimate a look into Garcia’s life as his own father. Speaking with the Tampa Tribune, Gary Garcia said that his son, and his son only, was responsible for his collegiate outcome.

“Obviously, Stephen is responsible for his actions, which we’ve told him from the beginning,” the elder Garcia told the Tampa Tribune. “He should’ve known better. He should’ve made better decisions. I don’t know how many college kids can handle zero tolerance, but those were the choices he had.”

Stephen “decided to have a couple of beers. And then they decided to random alcohol test him and that’s what he failed,” Garcia added. “I don’t hold the university responsible for it. Stephen did it. He should be responsible. You only get so many chances.”

Garcia reportedly blew his final one on Oct. 4. The State newspaper reports that’s when Garcia failed his most recent alcohol test. Now that Garcia is off the team, it appears he’ll be moving back to the Tampa area with his family for the time being.

“We’re coming home and letting the dust settle here,” Gary Garcia said. “We’ll look at his options. What those options are, I have no idea.”

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34 Responses to “Stephen Garcia’s dad responds to dismissal”
  1. brownsfrown says: Oct 11, 2011 6:35 PM

    Wow! How refreshing to see a parent who isn’t screaming “lawsuit” when their kid is held accountable.

    Thanks to this parental position, young Garcia might still have a chance to turn his life around.

    I am pulling for him. And his family!

  2. bucsraysboltsfan says: Oct 11, 2011 6:37 PM

    This whole situation was becoming a joke. The OBC had suspended him FIVE times for violating school policy. It had to be done.

    Hope he can get his life turned around, but it ain’t looking good now. Come back to Tampa, get a job, and find some help while you still can.

  3. bender4700 says: Oct 11, 2011 6:45 PM

    This Dad is a good Dad!!

    Too bad his kid is a big dumb idiot.

  4. southernpatriots says: Oct 11, 2011 7:02 PM

    If all kids who get themselves in hot water due to their own actions had this father, we would not have the number of men in prisons and jails today. This was so refreshing to read. Our thanks to Ben for posting this story and to Mr. Gary Garcia for being a good and responsible father.

    Maybe, since Stephen has a father like this, he has a chance when he heads home and begins his life at home again. Maybe Garcia can make it…maybe….we hope.

  5. pricecube says: Oct 11, 2011 7:07 PM

    I don’t know the specifics of Garcia’s history… and it is refreshing to hear a parent speak plainly about such repercussions… however… I am certainly glad there was no zero tolerance policy on drinking beer for me in college. I would have failed. Just being honest here.

  6. steelersandladyboysfan says: Oct 11, 2011 7:15 PM

    LOL at there being a zero tolerance policy involved here, more like 6 strikes and you’re out.

  7. seanb20124 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:28 PM

    Hope he got his degree!! Sad ending to the story

  8. jimsjam33 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:41 PM

    Here are his options Mr. Garcia . Your son was not the quarterback he would have liked to have been . He has no future in the NFL or any other professional football league . For his sake I hope he studied at South Carolina and learned a skill that will help him find a job . No more pampering . No more excuses forgiven . Your on your own young Mr. Garcia . Let’s see how you cope with the real world .

  9. henryd3rd says: Oct 11, 2011 8:08 PM

    There have been a lot of talented quarterbacks that have allowed their inner demons get the best of them. Just to name a few, Joe Gilliam, Art Schlichter, Ryan Leaf and how can one forget illustrious duo of Todd Marinovich & Jamarcus Russell. Maybe Garcia has time to turn his life around before he becomes another footnote in history

  10. cometkazie says: Oct 11, 2011 8:37 PM

    Get that degree!

  11. thefiesty1 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:05 PM

    Nothing like shoving your son under the bus. But after, what, 5 or 6 suspensions any other outcome was predictable.

  12. 10of14 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:26 PM

    Really liberal…”shoved under a bus?”. His Dad id quite the opposite…saved his life. This is the most refreshing parent response I have seen in quite some time. Get your life without football together young man and move on.

  13. Spencer says: Oct 11, 2011 10:07 PM

    At least the father understands the concept of personal responsibility.

  14. dmcgrann says: Oct 11, 2011 10:24 PM

    I don’t know Garcia from Adam, but here’s what can happen in some college towns (like Blacksburg, VA),

    A group of college guys decide to go out, They pick a designated driver. Designated driver screws up; gets pulled over for some reason. EVERYONE in the car gets a BAC test. Anyone in the car who is under 21 gets busted for having ANY measurable BAC at all. Designated driver gets a warning or no ticket at all. The rest get to go to court and get fines and community service, maybe even jail time, because they’re under 21.

    Like I said, I don’t know the Garcia circumstances. But, sheesh, don’t you think a little slack is called for?

  15. cometkazie says: Oct 11, 2011 10:44 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 9:05 PM
    Nothing like shoving your son under the bus. But after, what, 5 or 6 suspensions any other outcome was predictable.

    The kid lay down in front of the bus and let it roll over him.

  16. cosanostra71 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:19 PM

    Good for his dad.

  17. bucsraysboltsfan says: Oct 11, 2011 11:24 PM

    @dmngrann: Come on man! This is the FIFTH time that he has been busted. Would any of us get five chances with our employer if it happened to us?

    We’re proud that you are so knowledgable about DUI law, but stop making excuses for this young man. That is how he got where he is now.

  18. jwilson8208 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:27 PM

    What a moron!

  19. vomitingliberals says: Oct 12, 2011 12:07 AM

    The problem with society today is that nobody wants to take any responsibility for their actions and nobody wants to be accountable to those they have a responsibility to! Nice to see this Dad put the blame where it belongs. That’s not always an easy thing for parents to do, but in this case it is absolutely the right thing to do. I hope Dad sticks to his guns and teaches junior a thing or two about life.

  20. trbowman says: Oct 12, 2011 12:16 AM

    “Like I said, I don’t know the Garcia circumstances. But, sheesh, don’t you think a little slack is called for?”

    Is that you Stephen?

  21. polegojim says: Oct 12, 2011 12:19 AM

    @fiesty… really…. were you kidding?

  22. frug says: Oct 12, 2011 1:21 AM

    Hopefully this will serve as a wake up call for Garcia. He’s young enough that he could still make something of himself if he’s willing to put the work in. He seems to have a strong support structure so hopefully he will the get help he needs and finish up that soc. degree.

    He”ll never play in the NFL but he doesn’t need to give up on himself.

  23. lakesidegator says: Oct 12, 2011 6:35 AM

    @Y’all: self-righteous much?

  24. 1historian says: Oct 12, 2011 8:36 AM

    The article states that he was kicked off the team. It does not, however, specify whether or not he lost his scholarship. If he did NOT lose his scholarship then he should have stayed in school.

    It is refreshing to know that he has a dad like he has.

  25. monsterright says: Oct 12, 2011 9:18 AM

    He graduated in May with his degree. He’s not a total waste, just a kid with a problem.

  26. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 12, 2011 9:39 AM

    monsterright: Glad to hear this. Glad he was able to get his degree when many athletes do not. He used his scholarship well in that sense. His dad may make a difference for him when he returns home. A good dad is somewhat rare among college athletes, I know.

  27. bernieb79 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:15 AM

    I really like the cut of Gar-Gar’s jib.

  28. aone13 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:53 AM

    He failed for marijuana too…Not just alcohol…So it wasn’t a few beers…He wanted to get kicked off the team after he got benched. That’s the only explanation.

  29. ojibray says: Oct 12, 2011 12:17 PM

    Mr. Garcia is obviously not an employee of ESPN….

  30. beegee80 says: Oct 12, 2011 2:56 PM

    Some commented that Garcia’s dad was a good dad. Hmmmmm…..I would beg to differ.

    Garcia came to USC in the spring of what should have been his senior year in high school and the kid was already out of control. His family raised that kid with no boundaries. He got to college with the notion that he was too good to abide by the rules.

    His Daddy told everyone, including Spurrier what a great quarterback he was.

    Sorry, but even the father’s excuse says what he really thinks. Daddy said, they”decided to have a couple of beers. And then they decided to random alcohol test him and that’s what he failed” Yeah, it’s the schools fault for randomly testing him.

    The thing Daddy is best at is making excuses and never making that kid accountable. Even in the article, Daddy says, we are going to bail him out by bringing him home and babying him.

    I always liked Gruden, hate to see his name get dragged down with Garcia…..

  31. tonymann says: Oct 12, 2011 6:43 PM

    He WAS not positive for pot. SOS did not kick him off the team. Hyman did. Hyman does not drink nor does his wife and they are the ones that drove the bus.

    hopefully hyman will take the NC job. I don’t care what Garcia did before, he’s 24 YOA and a father. And already had his degree. He drank a couple of beers. That’s it. So of course he had to be booted off the team.

  32. beegee80 says: Oct 12, 2011 8:30 PM

    He had plenty of chances….he didn’t get kicked off for drinking a few beers. He FINALLY got kicked off when he did not adhere to the RULES of the contract he signed with the school.

    His drinking and partying started the minute he set foot on campus in the spring.

    He was a problem in high school, and a problem in college. I’m not a big fan of Spurrier, but I think the kid should have been kicked out YEARS ago.

    He got chance after chance after chance.

    Who cares if Hyman or his wife do not drink….big deal. My daughter and her friends did PLENTY of drinking at the school, Hyman didn’t kick them out. It has nothing to do with how much or little Hyman drinks.

    Garcia has a problem. Period. The kid has never had boundaries in life and he and his daddy whined and cried and caused problems for years.

    So ready for us to have a good year without the crap of Steven Garcia!

  33. lakesidegator says: Oct 12, 2011 9:17 PM

    Still….methinks that you freaks are way too self-righteous. Think about it, you freaks. What business is this for YOU to critique.?? You’ve had a life that had no Problems much?
    Didn’t think so.

    Go find some sports, instead of some human frailty.

    Good luck.

  34. dkhhuey says: Oct 13, 2011 6:10 PM

    Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son

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