COLUMBIA -- A one-week suspension will cost South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus a month's salary, and possibly more.
The 42-year-old Mangus was arrested a week ago in Greenville on a nuisance conduct charge. A police report said Mangus urinated on Main Street and was uncooperative with officers' questions.
On Tuesday, the university revealed that in addition to the one-week suspension, Mangus will have his pay docked one month, which is approximately $14,600. Also, he will not be eligible for a raise or bonuses for the next year.
Mangus, in his third year on staff, will remain on probation for the remainder of his contract -- something head coach Steve Spurrier hinted at a week ago.
"We insist that those in the athletics department who work with our student- athletes on a daily basis are held to a higher standard of conduct," USC athletic director Eric Hyman said in a release. "G.A.'s lack of judgment did not reflect the character or integrity that we expect from our coaches."
Mangus joins Garcia, suspended five times in his college career, on particularly thin ice. Garcia, a 23-year-old fifth-year senior, was suspended in April for an outburst at an SEC-mandated life skills function. He was partially reinstated, on a probationary basis, in June -- in time for voluntary workouts with his teammates.
The full reinstatement was a foregone conclusion by last week.
"He has fulfilled the requirements imposed on him by the athletics department," the release said.
Among those requirements was an outpatient alcohol treatment program, sources have said. Physicians in charge of the program had to sign off on Garcia's completion of it before he was eligible for a full return to the team.
Several of Garcia's offenses have involved alcohol consumption or abuse, including the April incident.
Spurrier remains upbeat about Garcia's personal progress, which figures to help him on the field this fall for his final season at USC.
"In the last four months, Stephen has done everything we've asked of him," Spurrier said. "He has made a commitment to being a first-class student-athlete and we expect him to continue to be one throughout the rest of his Gamecock career."
Preseason camp begins today at the Bluff Road practice fields. The team's initial practice is set to begin at 7:30 p.m., and it is open to the public.
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