COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's Steve Spurrier suspended his quarterbacks coach Tuesday after G.A. Mangus was arrested overnight in Greenville for urinating in public and being uncooperative with police officers.
After the arrest at 1:31 a.m. Tuesday, a police spokesman said Mangus was released about noon from the Greenville County Detention Center.
Spurrier said Mangus, 42, will remain suspended "until this matter is resolved."
"We are all disappointed in his actions and will handle it accordingly," Spurrier said in a university-issued release.
Mangus said he was sorry in a release a few hours later.
"Last night I acted irresponsibly and I deeply regret my actions," he said. "I would like to publicly apologize to Coach Spurrier, (athletic director) Eric Hyman, the entire team and everyone associated with the University of South Carolina."
Since arriving in 2009 from Middle Tennessee State, Mangus' primary responsibility as quarterbacks coach has been to work with, develop and mentor Stephen Garcia, the senior who has been suspended five times for various offenses and arrests.
Garcia has yet to be fully reinstated after his fifth suspension, which stemmed from an incident involving alcohol at an on-campus seminar in the spring.
Mangus' arrest prompted a lot of snarky jokes from around the country about both the quarterback and his coach, including one from the rival's camp.
"Like coach like QB," Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd said on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, also posting a
link to a web story about Mangus' arrest.
Mangus was a former quarterback himself, having played for Spurrier at Florida in the early 1990s.
If convicted of the charge, officially deemed nuisance conduct, Mangus faces either a $470 fine or 30 days in jail.
According to the police report, officers driving north on Main Street in an unmarked patrol car noticed a man, later identified as Mangus, urinating on the curb and road in front of Carolina Ale House.
After stopping the car, the arresting officer found Mangus to be "unsteady on his feet." He also had "a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person." The report also noted that Mangus' eyes appeared to be "dilated and glazed over."
The report says Mangus' speech was slurred and he did not provide "straight answers" to questions about who he had been with or where he had been previously.
Mangus and the USC coaching staff are in Greenville for the annual South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association All-Sports Clinic, which runs through today. Some South Carolina coaches are scheduled to speak at the event. Mangus, a former Division II head coach and offensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee State, is not one of them.
Preseason camp for the Gamecocks is set to begin Aug. 3.
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