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.”