Garcia Almost Left South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia
strongly considered leaving for the Gamecocks for good after his
fifth suspension last spring.

But Garcia said it was his teammates' support that changed his
mind and let him know it was worth sticking around for his final
season. Garcia spoke publicly Sunday for the first time since his
April suspension. Garcia was fully reinstated to the team earlier
this week and began practicing with the Gamecocks last Wednesday.

Garcia threw for 3,059 yards and 20 touchdowns last fall to help
South Carolina to the Southeastern Conference championship game.
His Gamecock future grew murky last April when he was suspended for actions at a life skills seminar.

Garcia said he apologized to the meeting's leader the next day
and is ready for his final season.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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