The collision between South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia and umpire Wilbur Hackett Jr. in Saturday’s loss to LSU has drawn a lot of attention over the past two days, but Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier says Hackett did nothing wrong.
Hackett, a former linebacker at the University of Kentucky from 1967-70, ended up making contact with Garcia after the Gamecocks’ QB rolled to his left and headed for the end zone in the second quarter. Hackett and Garcia collided at the 5-yard line as the LSU defense closed in.
“He was trying to get out of the way,” Spurrier said of Hackett, according to The State in Columbia, S.C. “Stephen sort of cut back right into him. Sometimes that will happen.”