Gamecocks quarterback continues to find trouble

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COLUMBIA, S.C. --- South Carolina's highly touted freshman quarterback Stephen Garcia on Monday paid a fine for underage drinking, marking his third run-in with police in about a year.

Garcia, 20, was one of three football players arrested Saturday for underage drinking near a campus dormitory, according to campus police tickets.

"He doesn't make any excuses and did not want to put the fans and the university through this and have more negative attention brought towards him or the school," Garcia's attorney, Neal Lourie, said Monday.

Garcia's brother was charged with giving beer to a minor.

Garcia enrolled early at South Carolina to get a jump start on spring practice but was suspended from the team a year ago after two arrests. In February 2007, he was charged with drunkenness and failure to stop for a police officer.

About a month later, he was charged with malicious injury to personal property after a professor reported that Garcia had used a key to scratch the man's car.

Previously, Garcia had successfully completed a pretrial intervention program to clear his record of misdemeanor charges.

An athletic department spokesman did not immediately know Garcia's status with the team and said coach Steve Spurrier will be available Monday night after practice.

Garcia was to miss Monday night's practice for academic reasons, spokesman Steve Fink said.

Also charged with underage drinking Saturday were offensive lineman Heath Batchelor, 20, and walk-on quarterback Zac Brindise, 19. They are scheduled to appear in court in April.

School telephone listings for Batchelor and Brindise were not in service.

Police responded to students' complaints of loud music in the dormitory courtyard, university spokesman Russ McKinney said.

McKinney said all three players would go through the university's student disciplinary system.

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Concerned Friend
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Concerned Friend 03/25/08 - 05:00 am
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Sounds like another

Sounds like another Tanneyhill in the making! Go Cocks!

S.C. Dawg
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S.C. Dawg 03/25/08 - 11:51 am
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I'm a Dawg fan, but I have to

I'm a Dawg fan, but I have to say I think it is hogwash that a person can be old enough to die for their country and not old enough to drink a beer. I think these are probably typical college age kids doing college age things, but because their sports lives have them in the limelight ,more is made of it. I dont think actions of this proportion are serious enough to penalize them or the team come time to play. Make them run extra sprints, or do community service. After all, I want us to beat them with everyone eligible to play. Go Dawgs!

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patriciathomas 03/25/08 - 11:52 am
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A nice sober quarterback

A nice sober quarterback would be interesting. One that realizes his actions reflect on the school and team.

S.C. Dawg
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S.C. Dawg 03/25/08 - 01:44 pm
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Point well taken, Patricia.

Point well taken, Patricia. I,m just saying that these are young adults making young adult mistakes and these mistakes are not anyones business but the student, the family, the police, and the university. But because the media has to report all things anymore both good and bad, things that should be handled within by the coaching staff wind up all over the internet, and then your guy is sitting down come game time, which hurts the school and team more than the athlete. Penalize just the athlete. Make him run or work until he proves how bad he wants to play. And let him play, unless he does something criminal. And I dont view these offenses as criminal.

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patriciathomas 03/25/08 - 01:56 pm
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I mostly agree S.C. Dawg. I

I mostly agree S.C. Dawg. I feel these are older children making childish mistakes on the way to adulthood. I feel they should receive personal punishment, restriction, suspension, public apology. I also feel the coach should be looking for a more responsible replacement. This youngster doesn't seem to get it. Many do. Garcia seems to have personal problems.

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