With all the recent talk of college players either being suspended or under investigation for selling autographs this story comes at a great time. Usually I get very annoyed with former college players waiting until their campus life is long behind them to then wanna blow the whistle on something because it usually never affects them, but will affect future players at the school and the program itself. This is different however because it’s more about a situation and double standard, rather than a school itself. Former South Carolina standout Stephen Garcia said he literally pocketed about $160,000 for selling his autographs in college, meanwhile we are suspending kids currently for trying to make a few dollars?


Heisman trophy front runner Todd Gurley, running back for Georgia was already suspended for a game this season and is still unlikely to play anytime soon as an investigation continues about him selling his autographs for a mere $8-$25 a piece. Obviously if he is doing it for that little amount of money, he probably really needs it while the school and NCAA continue to benefit financially from his play on the field. Jameis Winston is also currently dealing with the same nonsense

Former University of South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia, who was a knucklehead at times during his college career, but still very talented thinks it is outrageous what is happening and admits to making big bucks during his playing days and honestly he wasn’t even one of the more marquee names in the country.

I saw it all day, every day to be honest with you. 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 later indicated that he received $160,000 in one season for autographs and the like.

Garcia would up getting dismissed from the team, but that had nothing to do with the autographs, he just didn’t know how to stay out of trouble.

He also really has nothing to gain here so it adds even more weight to his tale about the money he made and how the NCAA knows players are doing it, but only want to pick and choose who and when to investigate.