Steve Spurrier told reporters on the SEC conference call that he’s disappointed Stephen Garcia didn’t find a way to finish his career at USC. Spurrier said he found out late Monday that his troubled senior quarterback had flunked a substance test and would be dismissed from the team. The decision came down from USC athletic director Eric Hyman.
“I don’t like it,” Spurrier said. “I wish he had stayed. I wish he could have finished his career one way or another.”
Spurrier said he was telling Garcia earlier this week to keep working hard in practice. He told Garcia that he could still play a role off the bench. He told Garica he was one injury away from being back on the field.
Also, Spurrier said his issues with State newspaper columnist Ron Morris yesterday had nothing to do with Garcia’s situation. He declined to further discuss his fued with Morris.
“I said what I neeed to say yesterday and I’m not getting into that discussion anymore,” Spurrier said. And hopefully that discussion is all over.”
Dylan Thompson and Andrew Clifford are both in the running for the backup job this week.