Playing QB at South Carolina Apparently Causes One to Drink

by Travis Normand

[**UPDATE: 8 August 2012 – QB Tanner McEvoy to Transfer**]

What is it with quarterbacks at South Carolina and alcohol?  Remember Stephen Garcia?  What about QB Coach GA Mangus?

I know, that was all 2011 stuff.  Its 2012 and time to move on, right?  Maybe not.

On Sunday July 29, South Carolina’s reserve quarterback Tanner McEvoy was arrested in North Carolina and charged with speeding and driving after consuming alcohol (while under the age of 21).

Despite the arrest, McEvoy returned to practice on Friday August 3, having served what appears to have been a five-day suspension.  South Carolina’s football coach, Steve Spurrier, said that McEvoy won’t be suspended for any games this season due to the incident.

Reserve quarterback Tanner McEvoy practiced Friday and is back with the team after a suspension that lasted less than a week. He was arrested Sunday in North Carolina and charged with speeding and driving after consuming alcohol while under 21.

USC coach Steve Spurrier said he won’t suspend McEvoy for any games. “You want him suspended for having a beer and he’s underage?” Spurrier said. “How many football players would be playing if they had a beer and they were underage?”

[Emphasis added]

I would like to give Coach Spurrier the benefit of the doubt here, but his comments suggest that he is under the impression that McEvoy was arrested for nothing more than underage drinking. [See above: “You want him suspended for having a beer and he’s underage.” ]

Someone needs to point out that McEvoy wasn’t arrested for underage drinking — he was arrested for driving and speeding after having consumed alcohol (while under the age of 21).

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