The lingering effects of the latest Stephen Garcia bombshell were still in the air at Saturday’s Garnet and Black spring game. Steve Spurrier mention Garcia a couple of times in his post game presser, including once in the first thirty seconds of his opening statement.
“His fate will not be determined probably any time soon,” Spurrier said. We’ll see how all of that plays out maybe in the next three or four weeks.”
There have been rumblings that Garcia could finish up his career with another program this season. Spurrier didn’t exactly slam the door on that notion.
“Best thing for Stephen is he needs to graduate. He can graduate. He can graduate this May. If he passes everything he’s got he can graduate. That’s what he needs to do. He needs to graduate and keep all his options and go from there.”
If Garcia does graduate he would be able to enroll at another FCS school and play right away so long as it offers s a graduate program not offered at USC.
Spurrier did not confirm or deny the reports that Garcia is seeking treatment for alchohol issues.
“I can’t get into all his personal issues, Spurrier said. But we’re all hoping Stephen is right back here on campus Monday going to class and finishing up. We’ll all look at it as we go the next week or two.”
Garcia’s teammates continue to support him. Connor Shaw said he talked to Garcia briefly. Marcus Lattimore said he has not talked to Garcia but made it clear he is hoping to him back.
“I hope he comes back,” Lattimore said. “We will take (him) with open arms.”