Stephen Garcia is back in town. And ahead of schedule.

The trouble-ridden South Carolina quarterback returned to the area Wednesday evening with the anticipation of being reinstated to the team by Friday, two weeks earlier than the university had originally said.

There's a slight chance the redshirt freshman will be in attendance at the team's first official meeting of the season Thursday evening. He could participate in the team's first practice Friday evening. He'll assuredly practice by the weekend as camp gets into full swing.

In late March, Garcia was booted from USC housing and prevented from taking summer courses after he was caught on-campus with alcohol.

It was Garcia's third run-in with local police. He was arrested twice in January 2007, his first month on campus as an early enrollee.