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.