Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Gamecocks QB coach arrested Tuesday
By Edward Aschoff
South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with nuisance conduct, according to a report by The State Newspaper.
According to the police report, two officers saw Mangus "facing Main St. urinating on the street curb and roadway," at 1:31 a.m. Tuesday. The report stated that another officer was called to the scene and when he approached Mangus, he was "unsteady on his feet and he had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person."
The report also stated that when Mangus was questioned by the officer, Mangus' speech was slurred and he failed to provide the officer with "straight answers." Mangus was issued a ticket for $470, handcuffed and taken to the Greenville County Detention Center.
Mangus was in Greenville for the annual South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association convention that is being held there this week.
What is more concerning about this incident is the fact that Mangus is seen as a mentor for troubled quarterback Stephen Garcia. He was instrumental in Garcia's development on the field last season.
Garcia was suspended from the team this spring after his own alcohol-related incident and returned to working out with the team in June. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said at SEC media days last week that he expects Garcia to return to the team for the start of preseason practice.
"Stephen has done well," Spurrier said. "He has some guidelines he must follow to be reinstated in August. He's done everything we've asked. He's certainly behaved very well, gone to all the workouts from what I understand.
"So right now he in all likelihood will be set to return."
Garcia was given an unprecedented sixth chance by Spurrier this summer and Spurrier believes Garcia has finally made the appropriate changes to his life that Spurrier hopes keeps his quarterback out of trouble from here on out.
"I guess we don't want to kick him out for stupidity," Spurrier said. "And there's some reasons that he's probably done some things.
"Basically, we do believe he's a good kid, good person. He's already graduated. He's graduated. With this latest incident, we told him he could go play somewhere else if he wanted to, but he wants stay there.
"He's really made some lifestyle changes to stay there. Hopefully it will keep up. We just felt like he was worth giving another opportunity to sort of change his lifestyle, and thus far he's done it."
But while Garcia seems to be inching toward staying in his coach's good graces, the same can't be said about Mangus. Spurrier won't be too pleased with the fact that one of his coaches acted this inappropriately, but he should be even more upset that it was a coach who acts almost like an adviser to a player with a history of off-the-field issues.
It's too early to say what will happen with Mangus, but Spurrier will likely have to make an example of him in some way. It won't look good if Spurrier punishes players but not coaches for off-field incidents.