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Spurrier Thinks Mangus Will Be Back; No Complaints Here

Steve Spurrier isn’t planning to fire quarterbacks coach GA Mangus following an arrest for being a public nuisance.  And he isn’t particularly worried about the suspensions of Mangus and his protege Stephen Garcia.

In fact, the coach remains upbeat over the season that lies ahead for South Carolina.

Spurrier joked at a golf outing yesterday that he tried to take over quarterback coaching duties even before Mangus’ arrest.  Then he added, “Yeah, I think GA’s going to be back.”

Regarding Garcia, the Ol’ Ball Coach said that he’s changed his lifestyle, as promised.  “He’s been on time.  No goofing around.  He’s very serious.  He’s shown a commitment we haven’t seen before.  Hopefully that will continue and I expect that to continue.  I expect him to be a different person.”

For the record, the writer of this post has zero problem with Spurrier giving Mangus another chance.  That puts me in the minority, I know.  Messageboards and talk radio shows are filled with people calling for the coach’s head because he can’t possibly be a mentor to his players any longer.

Nevermind the fact that Mike Price and Rick Pitino — for example — have had success after their very public slip-ups.

Look, if a coach isn’t winning games, I have no problem getting on his case (even though you won’t find me calling for jobs even then).  But everyone makes “moral” mistakes in their lives.  Everyone.  Even those who are out there calling for Mangus’ firing right now.

Well, you won’t find that kind of hypocrisy around here.

I’ll note that Mangus’ recruiting efforts will likely be hurt by his actions.  I’ll state that South Carolina certainly has reason to fire him if it likes.  But I won’t call for it.  And I’d prefer the guy get a second chance.

In other words, my stand on this one is about the same as the one I took when former Georgia AD Damon Evans was caught drunk with a female — not his wife — in his car.  UGA had reason to fire him, but I’d have preferred to have seen him get another chance.  In Evans’ case that was near impossible.  In Mangus’ case, it’s not.

USC’s quarterbacks coach embarrassed himself with his actions.  But he didn’t put anyone’s life in danger, he wasn’t violent, and he didn’t steal.  Also, the quarterbacks coach at a school is hardly the most visible man on campus.  For that reason, I’m glad Spurrier thinks he’ll be back.

But I am sad about one thing.

I’m sad that there are just as many stone-casters walking the earth today as there were 2,000 years ago.

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