South Carolina suspends QB Garcia for 1 week

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia has been suspended for the first week of spring practice for violating team rules.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier wouldn’t specify what the senior did, but hinted that it happened sometime last year.

Spurrier took only a few questions after South Carolina’s first practice of the spring, but did say Garcia had been following team rules this semester.

Garcia now has missed at least part of three of his five spring practices on campus. Three run-ins with the law during his first 15 months at South Carolina caused him to miss all offseason practices in 2007 and 2008.

Spurrier says sophomore backup quarterback Andrew Clifford also will miss a week of practice for breaking the rules.

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