Spurrier lifts QB’s suspension after a few days

Tanner McEvoy is back at practice after a zero-game suspension.

Tanner McEvoy is back at practice after a zero-game suspension.

Now we know why Steve Spurrier never seems to have any players suspended early in the season.

The South Carolina coach has lifted the suspension of backup quarterback Tanner McEvoy after less than a week, saying the incident for which he was locked up was no big deal.

Spurrier told the Post and Courier of Charleston:

“Tanner’s back. He’s been approved to come back to the team. Do you know what he got arrested for? He told me … I think South Carolina doesn’t have that law. North Carolina has that law (about underage people not being allowed to drink any alcohol at all before driving). He got arrested for it, and he’ll pay his fine. You want him suspended for having a beer and he’s underage? How many football players would be playing if they had a beer and they were underage? But anyway, go talk to coach Tanner (athletic director Ray Tanner) about that, if we’re going to suspend him, OK? I’m not going to suspend him for that, all right? But I don’t know if he’s going to play anyway.”

McEvoy was arrested July 29 in North Carolina for speeding and driving after consuming alcohol while under 21.

Spurrier could be right about the law. In many states it isn’t illegal for an underage person to drink at home with his parents’ consent. So it’s possible it wouldn’t be illegal for him to drive after drinking a beer or two.

In any case, other SEC coaches may want to take note of Spurrier’s statement. It indicates he relied on McEvoy himself for an interpretation of South Carolina law, a practice that could drastically reduce player violations.

McEvoy is competing with two other QBs to back up starter Connor Shaw.

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BigDawg

August 6th, 2012
7:20 am

Double standard continues!

bulldogmaniac

August 6th, 2012
7:25 am

Yep! All the haters need to get off of UGA’s back.
This is a joke! If this happened to a UGA player he would have been arrested, 50 articles would have been written about how Richt has lost control of the team and then, the player would have been suspended for at least 2 games.
Last time I checked……drinking alcohol underage is a crime in ANY state.

Moobs Johnson

August 6th, 2012
7:33 am

It didn’t take long for the Mutt fans to scream about not being fair. It’s not like UGA couldn’t change their own rules if they wanted. It’s not the other schools fault for UGA trying to hold their student athletes to higher standards than the rest of the SEC.

uga realist

August 6th, 2012
7:33 am

I kinda agree w/ spurrier. Lol

Proud for AU

August 6th, 2012
7:35 am

Seriously coach, the kid interpreted the law for you? Oh yeah, I think they will get the internet soon in S.C.!
Stephen Garcia says hello!

Dawgdad

August 6th, 2012
7:46 am

Admittedly, this particular incident may be pretty minor but this is typical of how Spurrier handles legal problems with his players (”Mr. Garcia, this is your 7th offense. One more and I’m suspending you a game.. I mean it this time!!”). Give UGA and even a school like Clemson some credit – they are consistent in administering discipline for their players.

sportzfan

August 6th, 2012
7:53 am

Was this really worth reporting…really? So what, he drank a beer and was stopped for speeding.
How many of you college people out there have ever drank a beer? This is such a terrible thing…..a fourth string QB should never do anything like that. Maybe we should give him four lashes and suspend him from college.

SC Legacy

August 6th, 2012
7:59 am

Coach Spurrier has more ethics and goodness in his little finger than Mark Richt will ever have in his entire body. And Spurrier is a superior coach by several orders of magnitude.

Americans from all walks of life in every part of the country admire and respect Steve Spurrier. Most of them have never heard of Mark Richt, and if they have, they feel only revulsion for him.

Grantham's The Man!

August 6th, 2012
8:06 am

Steve Spurrier: ”I wan’t to play Ga early in the season, they always have those starters who miss those early games, we never do”

”I need all the help I can get, that’s why I’ve been oversigning all those players and that’s why I covered for Stephen Garcia all those many times. Maby Richt should start suspending his starters for Spring practice, or better yet for the week before Fall practice, like I do.

Yes, I’m a joke when it comes to Discipline, even my players will tell you that, but I finally beat Richt two in a row.

Spurrier is a complete joke! Ain’t all those SC fans Proud!

bigdawg88

August 6th, 2012
8:07 am

@SC Legacy,
Hmmm, seems you’ve been doing some underage drinking this morning, eh? Spurrier ethics and goodness….

bitter hillbillie

August 6th, 2012
8:09 am

Bottom line, its coach steve position and I agree

————–Stop crying trolls———College kids drink—HELO

randy

August 6th, 2012
8:10 am

SC Legacy, you are a dickhead and so is Spurrier.

poopdawg

August 6th, 2012
8:11 am

Legacy, Spurrier’s little finger is the one he flings his visor with , it must be huge . Ethics and goodness don’t go with Spurrier. A superior coach is not debatable but your 1st statement is BS.

charliedawg

August 6th, 2012
8:12 am

There you go, Coach Spurrier aka “King of the off-season indefinite sustpension”. UGA wants to play SC in the offseason when all of their players are suspended……

Maybe if the ol’ baller coach would keep his lip zipped, this would not have shown up on the radar of the media…

SC Legacy – most people think Spurrier is a jerk, just like you did when he was coach at UF.

bitter hillbillie

August 6th, 2012
8:17 am

fRIGGIN WHINNERS——–The CHICKENS were total LOOSERS before the rise OF

—-THE ENLIGHTEN ONE–(SPURRIER)—–get off his A$$

As a dawg fan, UGA crack-down is there way of doing busness—nobody else

can efford not to recruit dummies—especially the chickens—-Coach richt

has the 175 div 1 recruits from georgia too PICK AND CHOSE—S.C. has a

—handfull of DIV 1 recruits too pick from

Come game day, COACH STEVE will once again give us a heck of a game

He got beat three times while the QB at florida, and he still is looking for

———————-REVENGE

nate from detroit

August 6th, 2012
8:19 am

I think I read somewhere that Spurrier told McAvoy that he was on double secret probation. What a joke Spurrier is. He was the same way at UF. He’s all for discipline unless a player’s suspension is going to get in the way of a win. So tell me Stevie, if he has a few beers gets in a car and hits someone, is that O.K.? Also, the last time I checked the legal drinking age was 21 so if this kid is under 21 did he not break the law?

Spurrier the Sunday School Teacher

August 6th, 2012
8:25 am

“Coach Spurrier has more ethics and goodness in his little finger than Mark Richt will ever have in his entire body. And Spurrier is a superior coach by several orders of magnitude”.

I agree that Spurrier is the superior coach but he is evil and that is a proven fact. Keep drinking the Kool Aid idiots. South Carolina is the devils armpit and Spurrier fits in very nicely.

dmr

August 6th, 2012
8:31 am

If you have a beer in your parents home under their supervision, there may be something to that. But when you are underage, you drink a beer or two, then get behind the wheel of a car and speed, then you have committed a criminal act.

I don’t want to hear about Georgia players being in trouble, because again we are finding out that Mark Richt puts a higher price on being and acting like a responsible member of society than winning. Not everybody likes that, but it certainly let’s you know he is running a clean program.

Spurrier is a putz and he is wrong on this one.

hammerhead

August 6th, 2012
8:32 am

*Bulldogmaniac*, maybe you should check again. A minor can legally drink under parental consent and supervision. My daughter made me aware of this law when she was 17 :o )

kingdaddy

August 6th, 2012
8:32 am

Moobs
You are always making jokes of UGA coaches, players and fans. Now we know where you get your material from, lol. Never a dull moment with lil stevie, and lame-crocks QBs. Move on, nothing to see here Doggies, move on, lol…

Notewise

August 6th, 2012
8:40 am

Joel–Spurrier didn’t ask the young man to interpret the law, he redirected the press to talk to Univ. of South Carolina AD Ray Tanner about McEvoy’s length of suspension.

Observer

August 6th, 2012
8:40 am

Spurrier’s OC was caught drunk and lewd on the streets of Greenville last year.

HE’s still there (even though he is being investigated for recruiting scandal).

Parade of Knuckleheads

August 6th, 2012
8:46 am

Spurrier always tries to change the rules
to satisfy his own evil self.

Blue

August 6th, 2012
8:49 am

bulldogmaniac; good point, except it is legal in the state of GA for an 18 year old to drink alcohol while with and under consent of a parent (in the home).

Chidawg

August 6th, 2012
8:51 am

Double standard at its best. But you have to admit, this is a great recruiting tool. If I go to S. Carolina, Fla., Ala. and happen to get into trouble, I won’t get suspended and will continue to play. If I go to UGA and happen to get into trouble, I lose playing time. Something as simple as this may sway a few recruits.

kingdaddy

August 6th, 2012
8:52 am

He(lil stevie) is the most despised person from Johnson City, Tn. his hometown. I lived there for a couple of years. Most locals are ready to fight when they hear his name, lol. What a joke. I love it when he grabs his own players by their facemask in front of 80,000-90,000 fans in the stadium and a million on TV, and humiliates them, cusses them for mising a block or jumping off-sides, lol. I love it. He’s a bad man, poor role model and has no heart or compassion for the kids he embarrasses in front of the world. I love it, S.C. sold your souls for this POS…

Etrain

August 6th, 2012
8:58 am

Hey dogs, it is hilarious that you are mocking Spurrier. your own coach has a HUGE problem with discipline…..

Crap

August 6th, 2012
9:01 am

Notewise: Yeah, after spouting off on his personal thoughts on the matter. I’m sure his players learn a valuable life lesson after being let off with a boys-will-be-boys story from their great leader.

Crap

August 6th, 2012
9:03 am

Etrain: Richt doesn’t have a problem with discipline. If one of his players does something wrong, he disciplines them. No problem. Moron.

bitter hillbillie

August 6th, 2012
9:04 am

NEVER ADMIT ANYTHING TO THE COPS======better yet DONT DRINK AND DRIVE

—————–DAWG FANS we have enough problems of our own

———–Let the chickens deal with there problems anyway they see fit

———-M/C—–find some recruiting news—just not–R/N or FOSTER

highsaiah approves

August 6th, 2012
9:08 am

like he said – 4th string quarterback – he ain’t gonna play anyway. call me when it actually affects anyone who has playing time

Eddie

August 6th, 2012
9:08 am

SC Legacy —–You are an idiot of seismic levels. I have always been taught that if I could not say anything nice about someone, then don’t say anything at all. I will, therefore, say nothing about Spurrier. Your statement, however, leaves little doubt about your intelligence.

kingdaddy

August 6th, 2012
9:09 am

Bray, now Tanner Mc, hmmmmmmmm. Move on Doggies, nothing to see here, move on…
Hey Stevie, if you’re unsure of the S.C. state laws involving underage drinking, just ask Garcia, he could have been awarded an honorary law-degree with his extensive knowledge of S.C. drinking laws.
BTW, lil stevie knows the laws too, he’s a pitiful actor…

bitter hillbillie

August 6th, 2012
9:10 am

@KINGDADDY———TOUGH WORDS about a Coach who has won 2 N.C.

and has made it a habit of kicking our A$$ each year

What other cccccccccccccccccccccoach has won with the GAME CHICKENS?????

Energy Vampire

August 6th, 2012
9:10 am

Last I checked you can get arrested with illegal drugs at UGA and not miss any games. I’m not sure the “double standard” is on Spurrier here.

bitter hillbillie

August 6th, 2012
9:12 am

100 YEARS OF loosing————This kid 10 years ago would have started !!!!

AltamahaDawg

August 6th, 2012
9:14 am

I think what folks are misinterpreting in Spurrier’s jab “play them early, they have suspension” is that he was not making a judgement call on the behavior of either program’s players. Obviosuly he has been around a long time and doesn’t believe that. (see his quote on how many players would there beleft playing in college if..if…..)

He was not being hypocritical at all and made a valid point. He was stating a fact and making fun of UGA’s POLICIES. He meant it as a insult, just not in the way that some folks are saying.

Gary

August 6th, 2012
9:15 am

Hey Ball Coach, Hope the moms and MADD who have lost kids read this and give your AD hell for these comments. I can’t even imagine someone in your position getting away with a comment like this. Only SC would give a coach a pass. You just basically said all college students drink and drive and you are OK with it because it is what kids do.

Phoneguy71

August 6th, 2012
9:17 am

Tsk Tsk Tsk…….good ole ball coach letting the qb slide so they can play. Bring on the double standards for Richt and the ” lack of discipline “. By the way….I think Garcia just asked if i wanted to supersize my value meal.

Dumbo

August 6th, 2012
9:18 am

Hey Superior…underage drinking is illegal in every state!!!!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

August 6th, 2012
9:18 am

BTW, Is it not illegal to drive and have even trace levels of BAC, if you are underage. I thought there was zero tolerance on that. Is that different in SC? Steve seemed to act as if he had never heard of such a thing.

Depth Chart

August 6th, 2012
9:20 am

Leave it to the ajc to bring up a meaningless story for a qb who’s 4th string. And of course the cry baby uga fans come out attacking like this is even close to the stupid acts their players do. Talk about ignorance.

kingdaddy

August 6th, 2012
9:21 am

Bitter
S.C. fans are the first to dig their spurs in a Dawgs hide when-ever a UGAplayer has a run-in with the po-pos. Nice that you’re taking the high-ground for a change but remember that this does effect recruiting in many ways. If Lattimore isn’t 100% this year for the whole year, then S.C. loses 3-5 games and lil stevie will retire from that deadwood, po-dunk chicken-coop…

Adam

August 6th, 2012
9:22 am

Dumbo you’re name fits you perfectly. Some states do allow underage consumption with parental ok.
Funny u can drink at 18 in the military. USA drinking age is backwards anyway. More aoloholics here cause we stygmatize alcohol. 18 for the rest of the world, 21 here. Idiocy.

Adam

August 6th, 2012
9:24 am

Altamaha
Zero tolerance means not being over the limit. .08 for adults and .04 for under 21. It means they won’t “tolerate” being over this limit. Confusing yes, but it’s a gov’t slogan so what do you expect.

kingdaddy

August 6th, 2012
9:28 am

Hey Depth Chart,
Me and some of my friends are coming to Columbia for the game, CAN YOU HELP US FIND A GOOD DEAL ON A HOTEL, LOL???
How’s it feel? SC fans sit back and fire shots at UGA everyday on the AJC. You can dish it out, but you sure can’t take it can ya???

jsmooth

August 6th, 2012
9:28 am

SC legacy (and by the way, what is that??):
All of a sudden, a historically insignificant football team is winning a few games and now, all their fans think they are world beaters. Your coach, he is good, however, outside of football, what has he done.

Etrain

August 6th, 2012
9:30 am

Hey crap, I know how you got that name. Didnt ga just nnounce no suspension or Smith? He was just in the car an it wasnt his stuff? Yeah, no one has ever used that excuse before…

Dee

August 6th, 2012
9:36 am

LOL! Who didn’t see this news coming?

kingdaddy

August 6th, 2012
9:40 am

I say no matter what, UGA should have NO SUSPENSIONS “ANYTIME” WE PLAY S.C. Spurrier plays to beat UGA, so we should do the same. Lil stevie is not a proud man and will go to any lengths to beat UGA. Time for Coach Richt to take the gloves off…