Gamecocks’ QB McEvoy leaves team

The Tanner McEvoy saga continues at South Carolina.

The backup quarterback, who was suspended after an arrest in North Carolina and then reinstated by coach Steve Spurrier less than a week later, has now decided to leave the team.

Spurrier announced the decision Tuesday. McEvoy was not at Tuesday’s practice.

McEvoy said it was a football-related decision.

“I want to play quarterback and the depth chart here is looking like I won’t be seeing the field,” he told GamecockCentral.com’s Chris Clark.

McEvoy, 19, was arrested by a Mecklenburg County sheriff’s deputy July 30 and charged with speeding and driving after consuming alcohol while under 21. He was released after posting a $250 bond.

Under USC policy, McEvoy was immediately suspended after his arrest. But less than a week later, Spurrier announced the QB was back with the team, saying an arrest for underage drinking is no reason to suspend a player.

“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?” Spurrier said.

It was not known where McEvoy, a New Jersey native, planned to transfer, but Spurrier wished him well in his future endeavors.

Meanwhile, it appears Spurrier’s lenient attitude on underage drinking represents a change of heart.

An AJC reader passed along a public service announcement that Spurrier recorded a few years ago in which he warns against the dangers of “irresponsible and illegal drinking” and points out that “if you’re under 21, drinking alcohol is against the law.”

135 comments Add your comment

CrowDawg

August 8th, 2012
6:49 am

Mark Richt

August 8th, 2012
6:51 am

Steve Reynolds

August 8th, 2012
6:51 am

First to have no comment

uga realist

August 8th, 2012
6:57 am

1st to not care!

guy

August 8th, 2012
7:06 am

It’s a laughable and sarcastic time for Spurrier when it happens at another SEC school(especially UGA)but now it’s anger when it happens to one of his.Boo hoo,cry,cry,cry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whatever

August 8th, 2012
7:06 am

Stupid post. Especially the last paragraph, which is intended to bait readers into talking trash about Spurrier. But any respectable UGA fan wouldn’t dis Spurrier, because he always dominates Georgia easily. Georgia fans have wet dreams that one day Spurrier will replace Richt.

Slaw Dawg

August 8th, 2012
7:11 am

We cant throw rocks at other schools considiring we have already had a bunch of arrests and will probably have more during the school year and the entire football season since Coach Rich has not shone he is a strick punisher when it comes to players getting in trouble but I do think we will have a good season and make it go a good bowl if we can win enough games and stay out of trouble during the upcoming football season. Go Dawgs

3d

August 8th, 2012
7:12 am

Spurrier should be so lucky for UGA to come calling.

Kerryb

August 8th, 2012
7:13 am

Whatever

August 8th, 2012
7:06 am

Stupid post. Especially the last paragraph, which is intended to bait readers into talking trash about Spurrier. But any respectable UGA fan wouldn’t dis Spurrier, because he always dominates Georgia easily. Georgia fans have wet dreams that one day Spurrier will replace Richt.

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Stupid post of the day. We don’t need a paragraph at the end of a story to talk trash about looney Steve. We just do it.

Kerryb

August 8th, 2012
7:15 am

slaw dawg, we CAN throw rocks because their self righteous fans come onto blogs talking crap when it happens to us. We’re just giving them back a taste of their own medicine.

Muskrat

August 8th, 2012
7:15 am

I can throw rocks at Spurrier & SCAR all day long!! They showed their true colors with that bum, Garcia. Ca-Caw!!

Game Changer

August 8th, 2012
7:16 am

family is doing the right thing unlike Mason’s of UGA

2ruff4u

August 8th, 2012
7:18 am

Well as you get older it becomes more apparent that “the laws” aren’t really the laws if they could hurt your own interests.
Hang everyone else’s interests “its me, Steve Spurrier”, infamous overpaid football coach with a sad record.
America’s priorities are so way off.
Football coaches taking illiterate/stupid kids, making 4 quarter “heros” out of kids with the lack literacy.
The coaches push the physical limits of these kids and then leave them out in the cold when they’re too old, out of time or hurt.
Sad to see that world leaders are worth less than a coach. just sad.

BRW

August 8th, 2012
7:19 am

Karma strikes hypocrites the hardest.
“if you’re under 21, drinking alcohol is against the law.” Guess he’s also a flip-flopper.
Steve, you should run for political office there in SC. Your a shoe-in.

2ruff4u

August 8th, 2012
7:20 am

slaw dawg go back to school (UGA) and learn to spell!

Spurrier Sux

August 8th, 2012
7:32 am

Whatever…. You’re a freakin idiot if you think we Georgia fans dream fantasies about Spurrier coming to UGA. You’re just bitter because your team is gonna suck this year.

Slaw Dawg

August 8th, 2012
7:33 am

hey 2ruff4u….I did grajuate from UGA thank you very little Where did you go to school? Spellman? Go Dogs

Skitty Fritty

August 8th, 2012
7:34 am

I thought this only happened at other schools? What witty remark does the Ball Coach have now?

jimmy

August 8th, 2012
7:35 am

Slaw Dawg – That might be the longest run-on sentence EVER!

GA Sandlapper

August 8th, 2012
7:40 am

He will probably go to LSU and be an All-American now!

GA Sandlapper

August 8th, 2012
7:41 am

Weird how a 4th string QB leaving SC is making the sports section of the AJC.

really?

August 8th, 2012
7:44 am

Spurrier at UGA? Sure, right after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is elected Prime Minister of Israel.

October 6 can’t get here too soon! Go Dawgs!

panther

August 8th, 2012
7:46 am

Come to GA State. We will soon be THE dominate football program in GA. GA Tech & GA & GA Southern – move over and get out of the way..

Hugh Jass

August 8th, 2012
7:46 am

How many times has South Carolina won the SEC Championship? Hint: It rhymes with hero.

dano

August 8th, 2012
7:49 am

Go Dawgs, but don’t you dare get down on Spurrier for this. His team’s criminal record pales in comparison to the socalled upstanding man of character, Mark Richt. This kid has a couple beers and gets disciplined. Our guys commit actual felonies and get their hands slapped a little, but it’s all about winning for Richt and nothing about character. I wish it wasn’t true, but our police blodder speaks for itself.

Bob LaBlah

August 8th, 2012
7:49 am

Fleabags throwing rocks? That is rich!

dean

August 8th, 2012
7:54 am

dano,

So kicking Crowell off the team was a slap on the hand?

Don’t forget your clear bookbag on your way out the door.

Jacket Fan

August 8th, 2012
7:55 am

I think you’re all missing the stupidity in his statement. Sure there is a lot of underage drinking and a lot of people turn a blind eye to it. What no one should turn a blind eye to, at any age, is driving after drinking. It puts lifes in danger. Spurrier is an idiot for not laying the hammer down on this kid.

Flo - Ri - Duh

August 8th, 2012
7:57 am

Evidently football news is at a standstill when the Game Crock’s 3rd or 4th string QB makes the headlines for leaving the team. Some idiot on here said that Georgia fans wished for Spurrier to be their head coach and that is the dumbest thing I have read lately. Georgia fans wouldn’t want the “Carolina Whiner” if he volunteered for free. He sux to put it bluntly.

kenlev

August 8th, 2012
8:01 am

SCAR will beat Gerogia again this year. Bulldog fans prepare yourselves.

hammerhead

August 8th, 2012
8:03 am

I despise Steve Spurrier, but the man is a genius (and an evil one at that…). This is all about recruiting. The OBC has come down on the side of the player and that will resonate with some of the top recruits.

Adam

August 8th, 2012
8:05 am

It’s obvious spurrier told him he has to go but he would reinstate him in good standing for the transfer.

Notso Fast

August 8th, 2012
8:10 am

We hate Spurrier right? Why? Cause he has not only beaten us but made fun of our Coach. If there was a young Spurrier like Coach out there that wanted to come to GA. Do you think????

Mark Richt should get a lifetime contract

August 8th, 2012
8:13 am

who cares.. the pups will still get their a$$e$ kicked by Spurrier this year

Gary

August 8th, 2012
8:13 am

Spurrier is a worthless sack of ____ that would do anything to win. He is a punk and the game will be better off without him when he is gone. No class.

Truth

August 8th, 2012
8:14 am

Dean he had to kick him off because he was warned many times and these were aggravated felonies.
He’s correct on richt being extremely lenient over the years. He’s gotten a little harder but it’s still the players he recruits. It’s laughable uga has all these starters suspended or kicked off the team this year before the season starts and they point to a 4th string qb at SC as vindication for having a beer and driving and not drunk at all.
It’s no coincidence that the bahavior seen at uga was also seen at fsu in the 90’s. Too bad the virus richt brought hasn’t also brought with it a couple of national title games.

Crow Kno

August 8th, 2012
8:15 am

Come play with me G

Kendawg

August 8th, 2012
8:16 am

I forget how many SEC championships Spurrier has won at South Carolina. Does anyone know?

old dog

August 8th, 2012
8:17 am

May sound weird, but they need to put the age back to eighteen. What a crock….team rules, laws and all making the age twenty-one. Kids are now castigated for what used to be the norm. When I was at UGA, the biggest party for the football team was called “seagraves”. (Ask an older UGA letterman.) It was put on by one of UGA’s most popular players and and there was a lot of beer consumed! The UGA annual, Pandora, in ‘78 or ‘79 even opend up with a page that said “The most popular sport at UGA is not football” and then continued to show how to mix all kinds of drinks, color photos included. I realize that there is “thuggary” out there, etc. But this unreasonable law is ludicrous. Folks will say it saves lives…..the crack-down on drunk-driving had more to do with that. I reckon’ I may get piled on for this one, but I still believe eighteen should be the age.

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August 8th, 2012
8:18 am

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DawginLex

August 8th, 2012
8:22 am

The comedy that is SC football and the Ole Ball Sack continues

He makes a joke about suspensions at UGA yet his own QB gets caught drinking while underage and it is now no big deal

He makes a joke about Saban getting a mulligan yet no one has reminded him how he got his only national title

A mulligan against FSU

Better than Broadway!!!

Gary

August 8th, 2012
8:25 am

I am surprised the chickens are up so early to talk trash. Richt is 7 and 4 vs the chickens. Yeah Lat is a badd ass, but when he is gone you are done. Back to the bottem. UGA is 46-16-2 vs the chicks. You got lucky last year. You clowns must be wearing beer googles 24×7 if you think your 1 SEC east title brings you even close to Georgia. Always remember your role. The east goes Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, then SC and frankly, Mizzu might knock you down another spot once Lat is gone. Not so sure Spurrier isn’t going to follow Lat when he exits school this year.

DebDoes

August 8th, 2012
8:31 am

It doesn’t take much for me to mud sling Spurrier! No, the age should stay 21. I can’t tell you how many kids tell me they are legal at ‘18′ because they can vote and go into the military! I remind them, no, legal drinking age is 21….google it! I even have friends of these kids argue with me about it. I’m glad it’s 21. The kid needs to go back to Jersey (shore) and play where he can run wild on and off the field. Spurrier??? Yep, he is mellowing in his old age.

nate from detroit

August 8th, 2012
8:32 am

This UGA fan and alum would rather have CMR going 7-5, 8-4 and running the program with class than have that a**wipe Spurrier here going 11-1 consistently. I love our dogs winning games more that anyone but CMR would never embarass UGA the way that SOS (same old s**t) has embarassed Cackalacky just this week.

Gary

August 8th, 2012
8:32 am

Truth – Your post couldn’t be more wrong or worthless. If Richt played like the chickens our trouble makers would stay on the team until they fall to second or third string then the coach would make examples of them. At SC starters play no matter what. How long did it take Spurrier to find a replacement for Garcia before he got rid of them. How many of your players sat out for the free housing scandal? This is just another example of the double standard. Because the Athens police DO NOT look the other way and the school enforces real policies we have a dicipline problem.

old dog

August 8th, 2012
8:39 am

P.S.
I’m a Dawg through and through, but deep down inside we still hate Spurrier ‘coz when he was at “Fla-dah” he put a whoopin’ on our tails so many times. It ain’t policy or anything else…he owned us at Florida and we hated him already, just more now. However, forgetting all else he walked the “Dawg” on us down there many a time…..

bucket

August 8th, 2012
8:40 am

Yeah, dano, Spurrier’s handling or should I say mishandling of Garcia shows what a strict disciplinarian he is. And don’t get me started on what happened at the Whitney Hotel in Columbia. I actually had a SCU fan tell me with a straight face that they don’t recruit thugs @ USC, they just become that when they arrive in Columbia. Priceless!

KC DAWG

August 8th, 2012
8:41 am

Spurrier is low class Florida Trash as been and always will be.

Eisendawg

August 8th, 2012
8:42 am

@whatever – Georgia fans have wet dreams that one day Spurrier will replace Richt.

Wrong!!! Most UGA fans would cringe at the thought of Steve Spurrier, or Urban Meyer for that matter, as their coach. This would be like Eddie Fisher dumping Debbie Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor. Most of you are too young to relate to that, but lets just say it didn’t work out that well for Eddie.

markie mark

August 8th, 2012
8:44 am

Slaw Dog – as a GA fan, your post is an embarrassment…..a run on (and on and on and on) sentence with no punctuation, grammer, etc. Do us GA fans a favor, dont post until you hit up a 7th grade english course on the web, please…..