Garcia, Mangus expected to be reinstated next week
BLYTHEWOOD -- Expectations have never been higher for South Carolina's football team in Steve Spurrier's seven summers here. But Spurrier spent a chunk of his time at a Thursday news conference talking about suspensions -- for a handful of players and one assistant coach.
Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus remains on an indefinite suspension following his arrest Tuesday morning for urinating in public in Greenville. Spurrier said he does expect the 42-year-old, in his third year on staff, to return. He hinted it could even happen by the time camp opens Wednesday.
"I think G.A. is very remorseful," Spurrier said. "He knows that if he has one more incident such as this, his coaching career could be over."
Spurrier also said quarterback Stephen Garcia's full reinstatement could come Monday. The fifth-year senior was suspended in April for an alcohol-induced outburst at a life skills seminar.
Since then, Garcia has complied with a list of requirements from Spurrier and the university. He was partially reinstated in June so that he could work out with his teammates.
"Stephen Garcia has changed his lifestyle almost completely," Spurrier said. "He's been on time, no goofing around. He's being very serious. He's showing a commitment we've never seen before.
"Now, hopefully that will continue. I expect it to continue."
Spurrier said the difference for Garcia in his final year will be whether he has a handle on the mental part of the game.
"He just needs to get his focus really, really sharp," Spurrier said. "If he does that, I really believe he can have an outstanding year -- and I mean outstanding."
For the first time, Spurrier acknowledged Thursday that defensive back DeVonte Holloman is scheduled to miss the Sept. 3 opener against East Carolina as a result of his DUI arrest in June. Spurrier did leave the door open for the junior, should the charge be dropped.
"This is sort of an athletic director-head coach call," Spurrier said. "So, if something's changed in his (legal) procedure, something may change on our end. It's possible."
Similarly, freshman linebacker Edward Muldrow, arrested earlier this month for underage possession of alcohol, is expected to be suspended for the opener. But Muldrow will likely redshirt, anyway.
Cornerback Victor Hampton could miss at least the opener because of issues with academics, but Spurrier pointed out that he has not been fully reinstated after violating team rules this summer.
Spurrier was asked what the plan would be if Mangus weren't back to coach the quarterbacks during the first part of camp. The Heisman-winning QB joked he sometimes takes over the position, even when Mangus is there.
"If he's not out there," Spurrier said, "we'll still be able to practice."
Spurrier's team wins
For the first time since he's been at USC, Spurrier's four-person team won his media golf outing.
Spurrier eagled the 18th hole at Cobblestone Park by himself, hitting a 40-foot putt, to give his foursome a one-shot victory -- over his son's team.
Spurrier's team of Tim Hill (WOLO-TV), Todd Ellis (former QB and Gamecock Radio Network play-by-play man) and Cara Capuano (ESPN) shot a 9-under-par 62, besting Spurrier Jr.'s team by a shot.