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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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Clemson QB Chimes In On USC Mess Via Twitter

Reason #6,322 why I hate Twitter…

Yesterday, news broke that South Carolina quarterbacks coach GA Mangus had been arrested in Greenville on a charge of “public nuisance” after drunkenly urinating in a city street.  He has been suspended indefinitely by Steve Spurrier.  Mangus, of course, is viewed as the “mentor” to Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia, who has also had a number of alcohol-related incidents over the years.

The reaction came quickly on Twitter.  Even Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd piped up via his keyboard:


“Like coach, like QB, shaking my head.”


Pretty judgmental for a 20-year-old rival quarterback.

Boyd has now given this writer someone to pull against this fall.  Every interception he tosses and every fumble he loses, I’ll be chuckling to myself that the popper-offer might be better at tossing barbs than he is at tossing touchdowns.

Last season, as a freshman, Boyd completed 33 of 63 passes for 329 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.  And those kind of numbers give him the confidence to mock the personal troubles of another program’s quarterback and coach… a coach who has just done serious damage to his career?

If not for Twitter — and coaches stupidly continuing to allow their players to use the medium — I would have never known that Boyd had such a self-righteous attitude.

Well, he’d better hope he doesn’t step out of line during his next three years on Clemson’s campus, lest it be his rear that’s roasted in the Twittersphere.

As someone 20 years older than Boyd, I know that when I call someone out for a moral failing, it could be my flaw that someone else is mocking the next time around.  (Which is why you don’t see this site get too judgmental over moral issues.)

As always, you can follow us on Twitter right here.

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USC QB Coach Suspended After Arrest

South Carolina quarterback coach GA Mangus has been placed on indefinite suspension by Steve Spurrier after his arrest last night for “nuisance conduct.”  Allegedly, Mangus was inebriated, was urinating in the street, and was uncooperative with police after being spotted.

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

Practice begins next week in Columbia.  When Mangus will return is anyone’s guess.  But it’s doubtful he’ll be dismissed for “stupidity” as Spurrier put it with regards to quarterback Stephen Garcia last week.

Mangus — who was ranked by a number of services as one of the top recruiters in the nation in February — might have a few questions to answer the next time he steps into a prospect’s living room.

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SEC Headlines – 7/21/11 Part Two

1.  Florida will play with a chip on its shoulder this fall.

2.  Will Muschamp got his first taste of SEC Media Days.

3.  Depth on the lines is a concern at UF.

4.  Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Dan Wenger will rejoin Charlie Weis in Gainesville.

5.  The Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi says Ron Zook left Urban Meyer a better program than Meyer left Muschamp.

6.  Steve Spurrier wasn’t sold on Mike Slive’s suggestions.

7.  Spurrier had to deal with a lot of Stephen Garcia questions yesterday.

8.  The Ol’ Ball Coach expects to have a real quarterback competition between Garcia and Connor Shaw.

9.  Marcus Lattimore has set his sights on the Heisman Trophy.

10.  Times for four Carolina games have now been set.

11.  Bobby Petrino is “not afraid” of high expectations.

12.  Here’s a look inside Arkansas’ media guide.

13.  Receiver Jarius Wright says recognition is rewarding.

14.  This summer’s workouts should alleviate Petrino’s concerns about leadership.

15.  Dan Mullen is changing the attitude at Mississippi State.

16.  MSU is moving up, but there’s still a lot of work to do.

17.  Mullen’s goal of reaching Atlanta doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

18.  Chris Relf continues to improve at quarterback.

19.  State president Mark Keenum will be one of the officials attending Mark Emmert’s retreat.  (South Carolina’s Harris Pastides, Georgia’s Michael Adams, and Florida’s Bernie Machen will also attend from the SEC.)

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SEC Headlines – 7/21/11 Part One

Hope you liked yesterday’s coverage of SEC Media Days.  (If so, tell a friend.)  Today, we’ll be bringing you all of the news from Hoover, more live blogs when the coaches hit the podium, reaction from around the league, and all the other non-Media Days news items involving SEC schools.

We’ll get started with some headlines…


1.  ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” has studied the video LSU purchased from Willie Lyles last year and found that some of the players shown were already playing college football when the Tigers received the DVDs.  ESPN says there would be little value to the video.  Uh and Oh.

2.  This on the heels of Mike Slive’s “agenda for change” speech.

3.  Even Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com says Slive’s proposals are so sensible they won’t work.

4.  Slive told CBSSports.com that you can win these days without cheating.  (Obviously.  Hyperbolic question.)

5.  Here’s ESPN’s Media Days’ Notebook.

6.  Andy Staples of SI.com says Slive’s suggestions are unlikely to be implemented.

7.  Dennis Dodd of SI.com — Lord High Executioner apparently — says the media has given Steve Spurrier a pass on the Stephen Garcia situation.  (Yep, ’cause no other college player has ever boozed it up.  Somebody alert me when Garcia steals something or assaults someone.  Then this site will jump on the “run him off” bandwagon.)

8.  FoxSports.com reports “SEC to raise academic standards.”  No.  Slive proposed that all schools across the NCAA do that.  The SEC isn’t expected to got out on a limb on its own.  (Or maybe Slive is planning to do that and FoxSports learned of it by hacking his phone.)

9.  Will Muschamp is “a player’s guy.”

10.  The Gainesville Sun lists its best and worst from Day One.

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SEC Error Omits Garcia From All-SEC Ballot

Just two years removed from Steve Spurrier not listing Florida’s Tim Tebow as his All-SEC quarterback, we have another tempest in teapot regarding a league QB and an all-league team.

The initial All-SEC electronic ballot that the SEC sent to media members over the past couple of weeks did not include the name of Stephen Garcia.  Spurrier’s own quarterback — therefore — isn’t likely to make the All-SEC team which will be announced at week’s end.  (Unless several voters waited to send in corrected ballots.)

Chuck Dunlap of the SEC office tried to put the kibosh on any conspiracy theories via Twitter yesterday:


“Let’s put this non-story to bed.  A technical issue on our end originally left Stephen Garcia off the preseason All-SEC ballot sent to media.”


Upon learning of the ballot issue, some online sites suggested that the SEC did not want to honor a player with Garcia’s track record for minor off-the-field bumbles. 

Not so.

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UT’s Jackson Back, But He’s Still Got Work To Do

Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson is back in Knoxville and enrolled in school.  The star DB has had a series of issues since arriving at UT as part of Lane Kiffin’s first (and only full) signing class in 2009).  First there was a late-night arrest in connection with an attempted robbery at a convenience store.  Charges against Jackson were dropped.  There were team rules violations involving marijuana.  And twice Jackson has left school — including during the spring semester — only to be welcomed back.

But he’s not all the way back yet, according to Derek Dooley.

“He’s only been here, how long, three days now,” UT’s coach told The Knoxville News Sentinel yesterday.  “So it’s a little premature to say he’s back.  He’s got a long way to go physically, he’s still got a lot of things to do to stay a part of the team.  Only time will tell if he’s going to be our safety this year.  I think it’s a good positive step forward, but we’re certainly not done.”

And if you think that sounds a lot like what Steve Spurrier said about Stephen Garcia in recent months, you’re right.  In both cases the players have to keep their noses clean, but if they weren’t expected to start this fall… they wouldn’t have been welcomed back in the first place following so many issues and incidents.

“We’re certainly better off today than a week ago, because he’s in school and he’s working out with the team,” Dooley said.  “He hadn’t worked out with our football team literally since the Music City Bowl.  It’s been a long time away from the football team, and it’s a good step to get him back — but we also can’t forget he has been gone that long and it’s going to be a long road back.”

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USC’s Holloman Arrested For DUI

When you add South Carolina football + alcohol + trouble the answer usually has something to do with quarterback Stephen Garcia.  Not this time around.  This time is was actually a teammate of Garcia’s who got into trouble over the weekend.

The Charleston Post & Courier reports that Gamecock linebacker DeVonte Holloman was arrested early Saturday morning on a DUI charge near Williams-Brice Stadium.  Holloman had a blood alcohol content of .08 when stopped at a late night checkpoint.

Holloman started 10 of Carolina’s 14 games a year ago and was the Cocks’ third-leading tackler.

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Athlon Posts SEC Predictions

The good folks at AthlonSports.com have posted their predictions for the SEC’s football race this fall.  The teams they see meeting in Atlanta are surprises, but the predicted finish for one defending division champ might open some eyes.


SEC East Predictions

Finish
School
SEC Record
Overall Record
1
Georgia
7-1
10-3
2
Florida
6-2
9-3
3
S. Carolina
4-4
8-4
4
Tennessee
2-6
6-6
5
Kentucky
2-6
6-6
6
Vanderbilt
1-7
3-9



Think the Stephen Garcia situation at Carolina had anything to do with that third-place finish and .500 conference record?


SEC West Predictions

Finish
School
SEC Record
Overall Record
1
Alabama
8-0
13-0
2
LSU
6-2
10-2
3
Arkansas
6-2
9-3
4
Miss. State
3-5
7-5
5
Auburn
2-6
6-6
6
Ole Miss
1-7
5-7



The fact that Bama is viewed as the West Division favorite and as — obviously — a national title contender isn’t surprising.  But it seems a hair far-fetched to pick a squad that’s still not selected a starting quarterback as the undefeated champ of the SEC.  Eleven or 12 wins?  Sure.  13-0?  That’s gutsy.

If you’ve done the math at home, you know Athlon has Alabama knocking off Georgia in Atlanta for the SEC crown.

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SEC Headlines – 6/2/11 Part Three

1.  This writer likes the fact that the league has scrapped its divisions in basketball.

2.  Steve Spurrier says Stephen Garcia “has made a life-change commitment.”

3.  The Derek Dooley-Will Muschamp rivalry should be a lot classier than the Lane Kiffin-Urban Meyer rivalry.

4.  Dooley is in favor of closing the loopholes that coaches use to sign more than 28 players.

5.  Tennessee is counting on big things from juco defensive lineman Maurice Couch.

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