Gamecocks Starting QB Garcia Suspended for Spring Practice, Along With Backup

Something is amiss at the University of South Carolina. The revived football program under Steve Spurrier is starting to crack along the edges, prescription like a bad Charlie Sheen video. Starting quarterback Stephen Garcia has been suspended INDEFINITELY by the school as was backup Andrew Clifford for unspecified violations of team rules. Given Garcia’s history (this is his third spring ball suspension in five years at SC) it could be for booze, but who knows? Rumors are popping up all over (we’ve heard a few outrageous ones) but either way, it puts another Spurrier program under the microscope. Can the Gamecocks take the scrutiny?

Here’s more from Yahoo Sports:

South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia, dean of SEC signal-callers with 30 career starts heading into his senior season, was conspicuously absent from the Gamecocks’ first spring practice session this afternoon, along with backup QB Andrew Clifford. Both were casualties of undisclosed violations of team rules, according to the Charleston Post & Courier, apparently “related to an incident during the team’s bowl week” in Atlanta last December.

Post & Courier beat writer Travis Haney gets more specific on Twitter: The “incident” in question involved “alcohol” and “females” in a hotel room. Garcia and Clifford are slated to miss at least the first portion of the spring. Coach Steve Spurrier declined to elaborate.