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Garcia breaks silence: "I wish I just would have listened"

Published: Jan. 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2012 at 4:20 PM EST
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TAMPA, FL (WIS) - Former University of South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia broke his silence Wednesday, exactly 3 months after being dismissed from the team after failing an alcohol test.

Garcia told Tampa-area television station Bright House Sports Network-Tampa that he was wrong to act the way he did while he was at USC.

"I would have listened more closely, more in detail to the higher-ups," said Garcia. "It wasn't anybody's fault, it was 100% my fault."

Garcia said his relationship with Coach Spurrier is "alright." "I talked to him the other day," said Garcia. "I sent him a text message to congratulate him on a successful year and his successful knee replacement...and he called me right back."

Garcia told Bright House Sports Network-Tampa that he and Spurrier talked about how the former Gamecock was doing, his girlfriend, his son and his upcoming all-star game.

Click here to view the full Bright House Sports Network-Tampa interview 

Garcia was suspended 5 times by the university before ultimately being let go on October 11.

He finished his career as a Gamecock with 7,597 passing yards and a 57.7% completion rate, with 47 touchdowns and 41 interceptions. He became the third quarterback in school history to throw for more than 7,500 yards in a career, and also ranks third on the all-time charts in pass attempts, pass completions and passing touchdowns.

Garcia hopes to have a chance in the NFL. He told Bright House Sports Network-Tampa that he's currently getting back into shape by working out 3 times a day in a Tampa-area strength facility.

He'll take part in the Battle of Florida all-star football game on January 21.

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