Stephen Garcia, who had been suspended and brought back to play for South Carolina five times, was dismissed Tuesday for failing an alcohol test, a person familiar with the decision said.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because South Carolina had not announced specifically why Garcia had been kicked off the team.
Athletics Director Eric Hyman would say only that Garcia was released after the fifth-year senior failed to meet agreed-upon guidelines.
Garcia told The AP in a text message Tuesday that he was "shocked and completely flabbergasted to be honest" by the dismissal. He said he would have a full statement later in the week.
The quarterback was suspended from all team activities in April for unacceptable conduct at a life-skills seminar.
He was conditionally approved to work out with teammates in May, then reinstated fully last August just before football camp began. Hyman and Coach Steve Spurrier said then that Garcia had to live up to several regulations to keep his spot in the program. Garcia was benched in favor of sophomore Connor Shaw on Oct. 3 by Spurrier and did not take part in a 54-3 blowout of Kentucky last Saturday.
Big 12: Interim Big 12 Commissioner Chuck Neinas said Tuesday the league is set with 10 teams for 2012 with the addition of Texas Christian, even though Missouri is exploring a possible departure. Neinas said if Missouri decides to go to another conference — it has been investigating a jump to the SEC — it wouldn't be for the 2012 season.
Army: The prospects of all three service academies joining the Big East in football look remote after Athletics Director Boo Corrigan said Tuesday that the Black Knights are content with their status as an independent. But the Big East still hopes to land Air Force and Navy, and conference officials continued discussing scenarios that involve both.
Central Florida: Coach George O'Leary said Tuesday he's hearing from friends with no ties to UCF that "everything's in place" for the Knights to soon be invited to join the Big East. O'Leary declined to identify his friends but said he's been kept in the loop by UCF officials.
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Clemson: Quarterback Tajh Boyd said Tuesday he has been cleared to practice with a strained hip. . Coach Dabo Swinney said Boyd will get all the work with starters for the No. 8 Tigers (6-0, 3-0).
Auburn: Coach Gene Chizik said Tuesday quarterback Barrett Trotter will remain the starter for the 24th-ranked Tigers and their sputtering offense Saturday night when Florida visits. Trotter went 6-for-19 passing for 81 yards with an interception in the Tigers' loss at Arkansas.
Texas Tech: Junior running back Eric Stephens is out for the season after dislocating his left knee Saturday. He was averaging 114 yards per game.
Ohio State: The Ohio State Lantern is reporting that the university has paid a Columbus law firm nearly $142,000 to represent players during recent NCAA investigations. Ohio State spokeswoman Shelly Hoffman confirmed the total. Larry James, who has represented several suspended players, said the money has not come from the university's general fund.