COLUMBIA, SC (TheBigSpur.com) Former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia is making headlines again. During a radio appearance on WFNZ in Charlotte, N.C., Garcia said that players being paid for signing autographs is a common occurrence.
"I saw it all day, every day to be honest with you," Garcia said in the interview, as written in this story from CBS Sports. "I wish they came to me, but they thought of me as some rich white kid so I didn't really get benefits from that. I'm just being honest with you. I saw it firsthand with a lot of players and talking with other guys. You know I'm friends with a lot of players from around the SEC, and talking with them, it makes the Todd Gurley thing seem insignificant by a long shot."
Garcia, now a media member with the blog website Saturday Down South, also said he doesn't believe that college athletes should be barred from making money on their name and image.
"I don't see why that's such a punishable offense," Garcia said. "I think it's absolutely ridiculous that these kids can't profit from their name, their likeness, sign their name on their own jersey. I don't understand that and I really hope that rule changes. It's mind-boggling to me, to be honest with you."
Garcia, who was dismissed from the program his senior year by head coach Steve Spurrier, ranks third all-time in passing yardage with 7,597 yards on 1,021 pass attempts. He had 47 touchdowns and 41 interceptions. He ranks fourth all-time in school history in passing touchdowns behind Steve Taneyhill (62), Connor Shaw (56) and Todd Ellis (49).