Unless you’ve been living on the moon, you will have heard by now that South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia has been dismissed from the Gamecock football team. Apparently he did not adhere to the terms of his sixth reinstatement agreement by failing a test for alcohol consumption. Fans have been frustrated by his erratic performances over the past couple of seasons, but I don’t think anyone will argue the fact that he is an exceptional athlete who has plenty of potential.
I admit that I wanted him replaced just as much as anyone else, but I still can’t help but be sad about the end of his college career. To have that kind of opportunity and to implode like this is such a waste. People point to the drinking, partying, etc., but I also wonder about how someone like this has been coached. Just having coached my little rec soccer team has taught me that you have to inspire not deride. You have to command rather than demand the best of your players – and know that there is a big difference between the two.
Does he truly have some kind of substance abuse problem? Confidence problem? Both? We’ll never really know and it really doesn’t matter. No one knows what it’s like to be one of these kids unless you ARE one of these kids. Let us all remember that judging people before you walk in their shoes is never a good idea. We don’t know them, the large majority of us have never been one of them and what happens in the inner circles is rarely public knowledge. Anyway, I wish Stephen well and hope that he finds peace and success in his future endeavors.
As always, have a happy and safe gameday…I’ll be back in a day or so with something a little more festive. 🙂