South Carolina suspends quarterback Stephen Garcia…again.

Quarterback Stephen Garcia of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks throws a pass against the Auburn University Tigers during the first half of their NCAA SEC Championship college football game in Atlanta, Georgia, December 4, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

For the fifth time since coming to South Carolina in January 2007 and the second time this spring, the Gamecocks’ QB has been suspended – only this time it’s indefinite according to USA Today. The university isn’t saying why they’ve suspended him, but Garcia told the AP that it wasn’t because of any arrests, nor was it drug or alcohol related.

So let’s see: No drugs, no alcohol, no arrests. Outside of academic cheating or low grades, what else could a college athlete be suspended for? (Check that – I don’t want to know.)

Actually, it doesn’t really matter what he was suspended for this time. I’m all for giving people second and even third chances, but considering this is the fifth time that Garcia has been suspended, maybe Steve Spurrier should just give him the boot for good. There comes a time when it’s obvious that a person is just taking advantage of his or her situation because they know they won’t be held accountable for their actions. If this was a one-time thing, the program should reach out and offer its hand. But five times? He’s been suspended five times? See ya.

Of course, that’s easy for me to say when I don’t have to worry about competing in the SEC. Garcia threw for 3,059 yards and 20 touchdowns in 14 starts last year, leading the Gamecocks to a SEC East title. If Garcia were done for good, sophomore Connor Shaw would have to shoulder the responsibility of running South Carolina’s offense. There’s no question that losing Garcia would be a blow to the Gamecocks’ chances of competing again next season.

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