Garcia, Mangus back as camp set to open
COLUMBIA -- As expected, South Carolina officially reinstated its quarterback on Monday.
Coach Steve Spurrier, multiple sources confirmed, also did the same for Stephen Garcia's position coach.
Garcia and quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus are back in good graces, now a day before preseason camp is set to begin for the defending SEC East champion Gamecocks.
Mangus was suspended last week following an early morning arrest on July 26 in Greenville for a nuisance conduct charge. A police report said Mangus, 42, urinated on and near Main Street and was uncooperative with officers' questions.
Mangus has not commented publicly about the incident, but Spurrier said last week that Mangus is "remorseful" about what happened.
"He knows that if he has one more incident such as this, his coaching career could be over," Spurrier said.
The Gamecocks' top quarterback is also on thin ice.
Garcia was suspended in April for mouthing off during an SEC-mandated life skills seminar. It was the fifth suspension of his up-and-down USC career.
Spurrier, along with athletic director Eric Hyman and school president Harris Pastides, made the decision to suspend Garcia. Monday's reinstatement was also made with input from all parties.
The 23-year-old demonstrated good enough behavior in the spring to earn a partial reinstatement in June, allowing him to participate in voluntary workouts with his teammates.
Spurrier has been incredibly upbeat about Garcia's progress -- perhaps more now than at any point in the quarterback's turbulent stay at USC.
"Stephen Garcia has changed his lifestyle, almost completely," Spurrier said Thursday following his media golf outing. "He's been on time, no goofing around. He's being very serious. He's showing a commitment we've never seen before."
With 6,753 passing yards, the Tampa, Fla., native is currently the school's third-leading passer -- 3,200 yards behind Todd Ellis' mark set in the late 1980s.
Spurrier said if Garcia remains focused, this could be an "outstanding" season for the fifth-year senior.
The Gamecocks open camp Wednesday night and open the season Sept. 3 against East Carolina at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.