A sluggish offensive effort led to South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia's demotion. His inability to meet agreed-upon guidelines has led to his abrupt dismissal.
One week after replacing Garcia under center, Connor Shaw looks to build on a breakout performance as the 15th-ranked Gamecocks visit Mississippi State on Saturday seeking a sixth consecutive win in the series.
Garcia, who had previously been suspended five times during his career at South Carolina (5-1, 3-1 SEC), was - according to a person familiar with the decision - dismissed from the team Tuesday for failing an alcohol test. The troubled fifth-year senior had agreed to undergo periodic tests for the presence of any alcohol as a condition of his reinstatement.
"We all feel like we've given Stephen numerous opportunities to be a student-athlete here at South Carolina. Obviously, he has chosen not to follow the guidelines of his reinstatement contract," coach Steve Spurrier said in a statement. "We wish him the be...