Reports: South Carolina AD's wife behind Stephen Garcia's suspension

Tennessee defensive end Jacques Smith sacks South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. UT lost the game 38-24, giving them a 2-6 record.

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Tennessee defensive end Jacques Smith sacks South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. UT lost the game 38-24, giving them a 2-6 record.

Reports from a pair of media outlets have surfaced that paint a slightly different picture of South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia's indefinite suspension that was handed down by coach Steve Spurrier in April.

Suggestions were made at the time that Garcia had been publicly intoxicated at an SEC-mandated character-building event, but the reports by FitsNews.Com and Saturday Down South.com say that Garcia verbally responded to a speaker at the event that was criticizing the Gamecocks' quarterback's leadership, and that the event organizer, Pauline Hyman, had Garcia removed.

Hyman is the wife of South Carolina athletics director Eric Hyman, who said at the time of Garcia's suspension that the quarterback, "exhibited behavior that is unacceptable for one of our student-athletes" and that he had "forfeited" the right to play football as such.

According to FitsNews, a school spokesman denied Pauline Hyman's attendance at the event, or that she was the one pushing for Garcia's suspension.

For his part, coach Spurrier told USA Today on Thursday that he would welcome Garcia back onto the team.

If he's back on the team, Garcia would be trying to join a select group of quarterbacks to beat Tennessee three times when the Vols host South Carolina Oct. 30.

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Comments » 48

CoverOrange writes:

Garcia may or may not have been drunk.
The AD's wife may or may not have been at the event.
Garcia may or may not be on the team.
Elvis may or may not be dead.
Jimmy Hoffa may or may not be buried at Giant Stadium.

jjsteel writes:

I may or may not care.

MusicCityVol writes:

Garcia may or may not be a huge bust.

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TommyJack writes:

Garcia has to be 42 years of age.

drone#208075 writes:

TMI

BigBadVol writes:

5 suspensions and he still has a shot of rejoining the team. What a joke. It's this kind of lax attitude toward poor behavior that brings your team down. Just ask Phil Fulmer. That's why we have the Fulmer Cup.

SummittsCourt writes:

spurrier lied? say it ain't so

shipperman#280095 writes:

I doubt Spurrier, Meyer, or Saban were at all jealous. They all were very successful against your fat buddy

FearTheVols1252 writes:

The AD's wife?? Her opinion is somehow newsworthy?? Pffft... who cares!

NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop writes:

Is AD really dead???

tripper writes:

in response to NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop:

Is AD really dead???

Yes. Confirmed.

easleychuck writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Garcia has to be 42 years of age.

Garcia's twin daughters are enrolling as freshmen this upcoming year in Columbia. Maybe they can kept Dad in-line.

Or this could be a case of a college kid 'hitting on Dean Wormer's wife' disaster.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Stop kidding yourself. We had success in the 90's but not much since. At one point, TN had more arrests during a 2 year period than any school in the NCAA. Hence, the "Fulmer Cup." Let it go. He's gone and not coming back. Jeez.

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

Cant believe that Aaron Douglas has passed away. My condolences to the family and from all of Vol nation.

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Cant believe that Aaron Douglas has passed away. My condolences to the family and from all of Vol nation.

Tragic yes, but hard to beleive. No.

BigBadVol writes:

RIP Aaron Douglas. Prayers to the family. Very sad.

iowavol writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

Tragic yes, but hard to beleive. No.

Sad. What happened to him? ESPN got anything.

volnsc writes:

The AD's wife? I'll bet Dean Wormer is involved somehow.

easleychuck writes:

in response to volnsc:

The AD's wife? I'll bet Dean Wormer is involved somehow.

Plagarism.

VOLliven2it writes:

Spurrier would welcome him back on the team? My gosh, I have had some disdain for Steve in the past but truly thought he had more class than this. If Garcia comes back after all his ridiculous antics, the SEC deserves all the junk we catch about letting the ?able play. Also Steve Spurrier's respectability takes a huge hit. Good Grief without Charlie Brown.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

It's official. This is now a gossip column. KNS is king of gossip!

CharlotteVol writes:

What would happen if Mike Hamilton's wife called for Hammy to be axed for "exhibited behavior that is unacceptable for an athletic director"?

Just sayin'

voloffaith writes:

in response to shipperman#280095:

I doubt Spurrier, Meyer, or Saban were at all jealous. They all were very successful against your fat buddy

You sir/mam are not PC at all! Calling someone who was girth challenged the f-a-t word. Of course the use of such word whether true or not is rude. My mother said if ewe can't say anything nice don't say/type anything at all.

On topic,garcia must have something on somebody to continue with this many chinks in his armor.

richvol writes:

Garcia is making Spurrier look more like a fool every day. How many chances do you give a drunk?

volbob writes:

after much consideration I have determined that I could not possibly care less. I actually tried to care less for a little while, but it didn't work. If this is the best we can do for football news it will be a long summer. I would rather see an article per day on every person on the UT football roster. Just sayin'...

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Maybe a collection of pictures is involved.

Maybe not.

Superior knows he needs Garcia in the worst way.

Vol737 writes:

in response to volnsc:

The AD's wife? I'll bet Dean Wormer is involved somehow.

Well, if that's the case, then Garcia must be on double secret probation!

OrangeinCarolina2 writes:

in response to jjsteel:

I may or may not care.

Got a good chuckle from that one. GO VOLS!

OwensboroVol writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Garcia may or may not have been drunk.
The AD's wife may or may not have been at the event.
Garcia may or may not be on the team.
Elvis may or may not be dead.
Jimmy Hoffa may or may not be buried at Giant Stadium.

Couldn't agree more

voloffaith writes:

in response to SirSpanky:

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Opportunity knocks when you have a revolving door for Head Coaches......

madrigal writes:

This may or may not be a story. Is there that little news that it was put here as filler?

illinoisvolfan writes:

Apparently, it's obvious who really wears the visor at South Carolina.

Colliervol writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

5 suspensions and he still has a shot of rejoining the team. What a joke. It's this kind of lax attitude toward poor behavior that brings your team down. Just ask Phil Fulmer. That's why we have the Fulmer Cup.

Exactly. The debacle in 2005 and subsequent downfall of Fulmer was a direct result of the lack of discipline (on the field and off it) that occurred at UT in 2004-2005.

It's also straight out of the Houston Nutt and/or John Calipari Handbook for Discipline. If Garcia was a 3rd string offensive lineman, do you think he would still be on the team? Of course not. But when you need a starting quarterback or a veteran guard on your basketball team...... "We don't throw kids under the bus!" (Wink, Wink) Cedric Cobb, Ken Hamlin, Jeremiah Masoli, Jeremy Hunt. The names go on and on. Garcia is just another name in the list for selective discipline.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to easleychuck:

Garcia's twin daughters are enrolling as freshmen this upcoming year in Columbia. Maybe they can kept Dad in-line.

Or this could be a case of a college kid 'hitting on Dean Wormer's wife' disaster.

Damn! You went there! LOL

ctownvol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Garcia has to be 42 years of age.

He's on the Lars Tate plan. Tate played tailback at UGA from '83 to '97. Or something like that.

murrayvol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Garcia has to be 42 years of age.

Agreed, but he doesn't look a day over 30.

murrayvol writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

Maybe a collection of pictures is involved.

Maybe not.

Superior knows he needs Garcia in the worst way.

And Garcia knows Spurrier knows.

Unless he's exposed as a pedophile between now and August, the job's his.

utdoctor69 writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

Stop kidding yourself. We had success in the 90's but not much since. At one point, TN had more arrests during a 2 year period than any school in the NCAA. Hence, the "Fulmer Cup." Let it go. He's gone and not coming back. Jeez.

Fortunately, statistics don’t lie. Unfortunately, people do. So for “ BigBadVol” to suggest that Fulmer had no success after the 1990’s, well “ BigBadVol” is either misinformed, a liar, or possibly a misinformed liar. If he were to look at the statistics before spewing his ignorance for the entire world to see, this is what he would find:

From 2001-2008, Fulmer went 68-33, which is a 67% winning percentage. Furthermore, he won the SEC Eastern division 3 times, plus won a part of a three way tie in the East in 2003, and had four 10+ win seasons between 2001-2008.

So “ BigBadVol”, maybe in the future if you bother to research what the numbers actually say before you churn out your ignorance, just maybe you won't look like such a dimwit.

murrayvol writes:

in response to utdoctor69:

Fortunately, statistics don’t lie. Unfortunately, people do. So for “ BigBadVol” to suggest that Fulmer had no success after the 1990’s, well “ BigBadVol” is either misinformed, a liar, or possibly a misinformed liar. If he were to look at the statistics before spewing his ignorance for the entire world to see, this is what he would find:

From 2001-2008, Fulmer went 68-33, which is a 67% winning percentage. Furthermore, he won the SEC Eastern division 3 times, plus won a part of a three way tie in the East in 2003, and had four 10+ win seasons between 2001-2008.

So “ BigBadVol”, maybe in the future if you bother to research what the numbers actually say before you churn out your ignorance, just maybe you won't look like such a dimwit.

utdoc, the only relevant statisic is no SEC Championships after 1998.

Didn't have to conduct any research. I remember stuff like that.

OwensboroVol writes:

in response to VOLliven2it:

Spurrier would welcome him back on the team? My gosh, I have had some disdain for Steve in the past but truly thought he had more class than this. If Garcia comes back after all his ridiculous antics, the SEC deserves all the junk we catch about letting the ?able play. Also Steve Spurrier's respectability takes a huge hit. Good Grief without Charlie Brown.

I believe that all Coaches have a calling to help and lead Young Men into adulthood. We always question why a Coach would accept a Young Man back after doing somethings none of us would never understand. I think it may be that the Coach is unwilling to accept failure in getting a Young Man to quit doing destructive things and following the straight and narrow to Manhood. All of the Coaches over the last few years have forgiven players I don't think that I could have. I hope the reason is as I wrote above and not the winning at any cost I sometimes believe.

cloudodust writes:

Who's to say that character building in South Carolina doesn't include public intoxication..?

BigBadVol writes:

Utdoc read what Murrayvol wrote then stfu.

UTsNo1Fan writes:

SC's QB's havent beat Tennessee 3 times.... they've only beat UT 2 times (last year and in 2009).

They'll be attempting to beat UT 3 times... the article makes it look like USCe has beat UT 3 times with their current QB's... wrong.

Juzkruzin writes:

in response to SirSpanky:

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Reminds you of the comment made some years back when TN was getting ready to play Ole Miss and a starting linebacker asked the question "Archie who". Of course Archie said he would not lose to UT the rest of his college career. Final results Archie 3 UT 0. Some times it better to be a fool and keep your mouth shut, than to open it and remove all doubt. He is just one QB that beat UT three times in a row, so he will not be getting a cherry!!

VolinVirginia writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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WRONG: the reason for the Fulmer Cup is rather obvious. Nice try, though.

This is the single WEIRDEST story of the week though....

Wilhelm16 writes:

I don't care

Flyfisherman writes:

So, Stephen Garcia was hitting up on Dean Wormer's wife...? "Fat Drunk and Stupid is no way to go through life"
Dean Wormer, Animal House 1978

And all that while he was on double secret probation!

TKO writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Garcia has to be 42 years of age.

...and you 112.

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