Garcia To Replace Smelley In Bowl Game

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Stephen Garcia will be the starting quarterback for South Carolina in its upcoming bowl game.

Garcia is from Lutz, Fla., and coach Steve Spurrier says he's giving the bowl game to Garcia like he gave the Clemson game to Chris Smelley, who threw four interceptions in a 31-14 loss to the Tigers on Saturday.

Smelley was 22 of 47 for 212 yards and a touchdown pass to go with those four interceptions. Three of the interceptions came in the first half, and all of them led to Clemson touchdowns.

In other news, John Hunt has been fired as offensive line coach at South Carolina, while quarterbacks coach David Reaves has resigned.

The school announced the moves Sunday night. Hunt has been on the South Carolina staff for the past four seasons, and worked for head coach Steve Spurrier since 1999 at Florida and the Washington Redskins before moving with Spurrier to Columbia.

Reaves has been at South Carolina for the past seven years, and has been a full-time member of the coaching staff for five seasons. He is the brother-in-law of incoming Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin.

School officials would only say that Reaves is leaving to pursue other coaching opportunities.

The Gamecocks finished the regular season 7-5. They are in line to play in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., or the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.


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