Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 10/11/11
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier dismissed former starting quarterback Stephen Garcia from the team Tuesday. The news came shortly after Spurrier made waves by refusing to hold his weekly press conference due to the presence of a reporter whom he labeled a "negative guy." Garcia entered the season as the Gamecocks' starter after a tumultuous career in which he was suspended five times. In his latest transgression, he was suspended in April and reinstated to the team in early August after an outburst at a life skills function held by the Southeastern Conference. Athletic director Eric Hyman said Garcia did not abide by the terms of his reinstatement, but neither he, nor Spurrier elaborated on what the violation was. "Being a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina is a privilege, not a right, and we remind all of our student-athletes that there are consequences for their actions," Hyman said in a statement. "For Stephen to return to and remain with the football squad this fall, we agreed on several established guidelines. Unfortunately, he has not been able to abide by those guidelines and has therefore forfeited his position on the roster. We wish him the best of luck as he moves forward in life." Several of Garcia's past disciplinary issues involved alcohol. Garcia was benched in favor of sophomore Connor Shaw after struggling in a 16-13 loss to Auburn on Oct. 1. Shaw threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 54-3 drubbing of Kentucky. Earlier Tuesday, Spurrier announced he would not hold his news conference unless The State newspaper columnist Ron Morris left the room. He said he would meet with reporters and TV crews one-on-one instead. "We got a negative guy here that tries to hurt our football program," the 66-year-old coach reportedly said of Morris. Spurrier objected in late March to a column in which Morris alleged the coach "poached" wide receiver Bruce Ellington from the Gamecocks' basketball team. Following the 15th-ranked Gamecocks' loss to Auburn, Morris took aim at Spurrier, writing that the team's offense was "disorganized, lacking in sound communication from the sideline and poorly coached."
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