South Carolina's Steve Spurrier had no official update Monday on the status of suspended quarterback Stephen Garcia, though he did use a new word concerning the fifth-year senior.
He said Garcia might return on a "probationary" basis, but that would seem implied considering Garcia's five career suspensions. Spurrier, too, said Garcia's suspension is "not permanent."
All signs continue to point to a return for Garcia, who is currently third on the school's all-time passing list, with 6,753 yards.
Again, Spurrier did not set a timetable for a decision on Garcia, referring that ultimate decision to athletic director Eric Hyman and school president Harris Pastides.
Spurrier was speaking at Riley Park as part of the second of six statewide Gamecock Club "Fan Fests." About 500 attended the event, which
included appearances by receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr., men's basketball coach Darrin Horn and women's basketball coach Dawn Staley.
Horn worked to inspire hope in his program, despite several defections and Berkeley product Bruce Ellington's decision to split time between basketball and football. Horn all but rolled his eyes at the notion he would be a candidate for the opening at Murray State, something that popped up Monday on the Internet.
Spurrier made mention of Brandon Shell, calling the Goose Creek product the "top lineman in the state." Shell will make his move to campus at the end of the month. Despite minor shoulder surgery in March, he is expected to be in the mix to start this fall.
Spurrier continued to caution against those making the Gamecocks the prohibitive favorites in the SEC East, "just because Florida and Georgia struggled last year."
"We haven't done anything yet," Spurrier said, despite the school's first SEC division title in 2010. "We've got a long, long way to go."