Mangus to add tight ends coaching to his duties

jkendall@thestate.comApril 24, 2014 

USC quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus is adding a new line to his job title, but his on-field responsibilities will change little.

Mangus has been named the Gamecocks tight ends coach and will remain the quarterbacks coach as well, head coach Steve Spurrier told The State on Thursday. Offensive quality control assistant Scott Spurrier will continue to do much of the practice field coaching with the tight ends, while Mangus will spend most of his time with the quarterbacks.

The main change for Mangus will be administrative.

"Tight ends just report to him. They have to report to somebody," Spurrier said. "He’s sort of in charge of making sure they go to class, things of that nature."

Joe Robinson was hired two years ago to coach special teams and tight ends but devotes almost all his time to South Carolina’s special teams.

Eight is enough. Like his boss, Spurrier is unsure how the vote about the future SEC football scheduling model will go. At least four options are being considered -- keeping the current 6-1-1 model (eight conference games with one permanent cross-division opponent and one annually rotating cross-division opponent), a 6-0-2 model (eight conference games with no permanent rivals and two annually rotating cross-division opponents) and two nine-game scenarios, one with a permanent rivals and one withouot.

Athletics director Ray Tanner told The State on Wednesday that South Carolina will vote for the 6-0-2 format.

"I don’t know what is going to happen," Spurrier said, "but the most fair way is that way. We think that’s best for our school, but you know every school is different. I don’t know what’s going to happen. A lot of schools like their permanent opponent Mississippi State and Kentucky like each other. Ole Miss and Vandy like each other. Alabama and Tennessee like each other. I don’t know why Tennessee would keep liking them though."

Making the grade. The Gamecocks could lose "a few" scholarship players due to academics, but Spurrier declined to name who they might be.

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