Mangus issues apology after arrest, suspension

jkendall@thestate.comJuly 26, 2011 

G.A. Mangus

GREENVILLE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was arrested early Tuesday morning in Greenville and charged with nuisance conduct, drawing an indefinite suspension from his boss.

"Last night I acted irresponsibly and I deeply regret my actions," Mangus said in a statement Tuesday evening. "I take full responsibility. I would like to publicly apologize to Coach Spurrier, Eric Hyman, the entire team, and everyone associated with the University of South Carolina.”

At 1:31 a.m. Tuesday, two Greenville police officers in an unmarked patrol car “observed Mangus facing Main St. urinating on the street curb and roadway,” according to a report from the Greenville police department. When an officer who was called to the scene by those two officers approached Mangus, the coach was “unsteady on his feet and he had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person,” the report stated.

When questioned by the officer, Mangus speech was slurred and he was “uncooperative in providing straight answers,” the report stated. He refused to say who he was with before the incident. Mangus was then handcuffed and taken to the Greenville detention center. The incident occurred in front of the Carolina Ale House at 113 S. Main Street, the report stated.

According to the ticket received by Mangus on the scene, he will face a $470 fine for the incident.

Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying Mangus was suspended. The Gamecocks begin fall practice Aug. 3, and their quarterbacks coach and starting quarterback are both currently serving indefinite suspensions.

“G.A. has been suspended from all coaching activities until this matter is resolved,” Spurrier said in the statement. “We are disappointed in his actions and will handle it accordingly.”

South Carolina Board of Trustees member Eddie Floyd expressed confidence that Spurrier and the athletics administration would handle the situation properly.

“No one would condone his behavior, but he didn’t endanger a life like a DUI,” Floyd said. “It’s a little bit different.”

The South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association annual All Sports Clinic is in Greenville this week. Gamecocks assistant Shawn Elliott was scheduled to lead a discussion Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Mangus was not listed on the event’s schedule as a speaker. One of Monday’s sessions at the clinic was titled “How Not to Be Fired, Sued or Arrested.”

Mangus is entering his third season at South Carolina. He came to the Gamecocks in 2009 from Middle Tennessee State, and he was given much of the credit last season for Garcia’s improved accuracy and consistency.

He also has become one of South Carolina’s top recruiters. He was named one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com in February.

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