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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