The South Carolina Gamecocks began spring workouts Tuesday afternoon in Columbia. Missing from the first practice was quarterback Stephen Garcia. According to The State newspaper, Garcia has been suspended for violating team rules.
Garcia is coming off his best season ever, passing for more than 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. He led the Gamecocks to SEC Championship and Chick-fil-A bowl appearances. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier says Connor Shaw will compete for the starting job.
Travis Haney of the Charleston Post and Courier broke the story via his Twitter account that Garcia has been suspended for the first week of spring practice for a violation of team rules. Haney also reports that QB Andrew Clifford has also been suspended for part of spring practice. This leaves Connor Shaw to work under center for the early part of spring ball.
ESPN.com's Chris Low reports that the suspension centers around a curfew violation during bowl week of the Gamecocks loss to Florida State in Atlanta at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
Fitsnews.com posted this article using unnamed sources to detail what happened during bowl week including accusations of Garcia intoxicated with naked women the night before the game: