Former USC quarterback Stephen Garcia has been invited to play in the new all star game created by the NFL Players Association his father Gary Garcia said on Wednesday. The AstroTurfNFLPA Collegiate Bowl is set for January 21st at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.
The game will be open to all draft-eligible players and will be the culmination of a week of practices and events with current and former NFL players working with the draft prospects. The game is expected to draw 100 of the country’s top draft prospects including underclassmen who have declared for the draft. But because underclassmen will be involved, NFL scouts are prohibited from attending practices and the game.
Dick Vermeil and Tom Flores will serve as the head coaches in what will be the first NFL game of any kind in Los Angeles since 1994.
Garcia has also drawn the interest of scouts from the Arena Football League according to his father. Garcia has been at his home in Tampa and has continued to work out and stay in football shape.
His father said the family never considered returning to Columbia for the Clemson game because of the distraction it might create and what it might take away from the seniors and current quarterback Connor Shaw. He said they do plan to make a visit to USC at some point in the future.
Stephen Garcia has not spoken with the media since his dismissal from the team and his father said he’s not quite ready to face questions at this time. He said he has been approached by some reporters who are interested in writing a book about his son’s time in Columbia, something he said they are not interested in doing at this time.