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Gamecock pugilist ‘suspended’ for Florida game

Kelcey Quarles AP

And we use the term “suspended” very loosely, hence the quotation marks.

As we noted earlier in the week, the SEC had decided to allow South Carolina to mete out any punishment — subject to league approval — it deemed fitting for an on-field incident this past weekend.  Early in the loss to LSU, defensive tackle Kelcey Quarles was caught on camera punching a Tiger player in the face(mask) after the two had tussled during a first-quarter play.

Showing that the football program has zero tolerance when it comes to such things, the school confirmed Thursday that Quarles has been suspended for the No. 9 Gamecocks’ huge SEC East showdown with No. 3 Florida.  The only problem with that?  Quarles was injured and highly doubtful for the game with the Gators anyway.

“Quarles probably won’t play,” head coach Steve Spurrier said when running down his rather lengthy injury list Wednesday.

In other words, it’s a non-punitive punishment.

Whether sidelining an injured player who otherwise would’ve missed the game for which he’s suspended will be “subject to league approval” remains to be seen.

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11 Responses to “Gamecock pugilist ‘suspended’ for Florida game”
  1. blitz4848 says: Oct 18, 2012 7:58 PM

    Spurrier waited til today because the med staff said he couldn’t play because of his shoulder so now he suspends him. Same Ole Ball Coach.
    LMAO

  2. floridacock says: Oct 18, 2012 8:51 PM

    The DA hit a guy in the facemask. Lucky his hand, not his shoulder was not broken.

  3. Deb says: Oct 18, 2012 9:00 PM

    True … Quarles punched a guy in the facemask and has been suspended for a game he might not have played anyway. Ideally, he should have been ejected at the time of the infraction. And a suspension is warranted.

    But let’s be fair …

    Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes tried to gouge out an opponent’s eye in 2009 and was only suspended for a half. So whether or not Quarles could have played, he’s still sitting out an entire game for an infraction that did not cause an injury.

    Time to let it go.

  4. clemsonstillsucks says: Oct 18, 2012 10:50 PM

    ^ true dat

  5. jag8r904 says: Oct 19, 2012 8:09 AM

    Deb says: “Time to let it go.”

    But brings up Brandon Spikes from 2009? Maybe its time to let that go.

  6. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 19, 2012 8:25 AM

    @jag8r904 – “Time to let it go” as long as you’re not talking about destruction of another school’s property or teabagging another fan…..everything is perfectly ok and permissable as long as you’re wearing crimson. #TongueInCheek

  7. blitz4848 says: Oct 19, 2012 9:39 AM

    The Brandon Spikes issue was on Urban Meyers “watch!!!”

    The 1/2 game was an embarrassment to most Gators!!
    Better off NO suspension than the 1/2 game he went with.
    All these issues should warrant one game automatically by the league office and that would end most of this “cheap shot punk stuff!!!”

  8. Deb says: Oct 19, 2012 12:11 PM

    Children …

    I’m simply comparing the length of suspensions for comparable field incidents, not moralizing on either Spurrier or Meyer … and certainly not on Gator or Gamecock fans. I leave the moralizing to tlmoon2112, who somehow translated all my posts damning Harvey Updyke and Brian Downing and calling for them to be in jail as me finding their behavior “permissible” and “perfectly ok.” #YeahRight

  9. charliereno says: Oct 19, 2012 12:51 PM

    Spurrier is a scumbag; college football’s king of used car sales. How many times did he put a new shine on defective goods like Garcia? His repeated slaps on the wrist (5 I believe? ) ruined any chance that kid had of ever becoming a man and learning from his mistakes. How many times has Spurrier cut non-starters for infractions that he’ll let his starters get away with over and over? Spurrier stinks of desperation. His ego has grown too big for him to have the balls to do the right thing…all because winning a game is all he cares about. Not the future of student athletes and young men, but a goddamn game. He is a coward.

  10. florida727 says: Oct 19, 2012 1:28 PM

    “Quarles probably won’t play,” head coach Steve Spurrier said…

    ——————————————————–

    Reason for the use of the word “probably”? That way Spurrier could later tell the SEC office that Quarles would have played, thereby making this one game “suspension” something the league will approve as an acceptable punishment. I’m biased, but as a Gator fan, as long as he’s out against us, it’s a plus because this guy’s a beast. It’s certainly a lucky break for us.

  11. lakesidegator says: Oct 22, 2012 10:49 AM

    @Deb -
    Take an apple and set it beside an orange.
    Okay, now….ready, set, go!

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