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Tampa's Stephen Garcia dismissed from S. Carolina
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia has been dismissed from the Gamecocks.

Athletic director Eric Hyman said the fifth-year senior, from Tampa's Jefferson HS,  failed to meet agreed-upon guidelines put in place after Garcia's fifth suspension this past spring.

Garcia had started 34 games, including four this season before he was benched in favor of sophomore Connor Shaw. Shaw threw for four touchdowns and 311 yards in a 54-3 victory over Kentucky this past Saturday. 

Garcia wore a black baseball cap on the sidelines against the Wildcats, encouraging Shaw and patting him on the back.

Coach Steve Spurrier said Garcia was given several chances to be a student athlete at South Carolina and it was sad he could not live up to that commitment.

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