Last week, Steve Spurrier suspended backup South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Tanner McEvoy after he was charged with drinking and driving.
Spurrier told the Post and Courier of Charleston that “Tanner’s back”.
“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.”
I don’t know the laws of South Carolina, but I’m sure there is a law about underage drinking and driving just like there is in most states.
While McEvoy wasn’t going to compete for the starting job, he was definitely in the running as Connor Shaw’s backup, and Spurrier knows all to well how important a backup quarterback is after dealing with Stephen Garcia for 10 years.