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Gamecock QB coach Magnus arrested, suspended

Posted on: July 26, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: July 26, 2011 4:57 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

There's no member of the South Carolina staff Stephen Garcia works more closely with than quarterbacks coach G.A. Magnus. Magnus's role is to be Garcia's mentor, his tutor, even -- if we may be so bold -- an inspiration towards becoming a better QB on and off the field.

So cue the thousand "oh, he's an inspiration for Garcia, all right" wisecracks: Magnus was arrested in Greenville, S.C. at 1:31 a.m. Tuesday morning, having been charged with "nuisance conduct."

And while "nuisance conduct" doesn't sound too embarrassing, the details reported by The State certainly are. Magnus was spotted by police officers "urinating on the street curb and roadway" along Greenville's Main St. When approached by officers he was "unsteady on his feet and ... had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person," according to the police report. Other reports have stated Magnus's reponse to officers was "belligerent" in nature.

Magnus will be fined $470 for the incident, but the fallout at his day job will be much more damaging than that. He has already been suspended idefinitely by head coach Steve Spurrier, with the school releaseing the following statement:
University of South Carolina assistant football coach G.A. Mangus has been suspended indefinitely following an incident that occurred early this morning in Greenville, head coach Steve Spurrier announced today.

“G.A. has been suspended from all coaching activities until this matter is resolved,” said Coach Spurrier. “We are disappointed in his actions and will handle it accordingly.”
Now in his third season in Columbia, Magnus had been credited with much of Garcia's improvement over the past couple of seasons. But it will be much more difficult for Spurrier to suggest his staff is capable of handling Garcia's well-publicized bouts with public drunkenness when -- fair or not -- the staff member closest to Garcia appears incapable of handling his own.

Forgive us for being put in mind of the following blast from our childhood past:

Like they've always said: quarterback coaches who make substantial off-field mistakes involving alcohol have quarterbacks who make substantial off-field mistakes involving alcohol.

It's not actually that simple (obviously), but there's no question Magnus and the Gamecock program are going to be asked if it might be quite a few times between now and the start of the season.

Mugshot from the Greenville City Police Department via WSPA.


Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2012 1:33 am

Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier arrested, suspended

Florida Gators and Spurrier, South Carolina Gamecocks marijuana

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:18 am

Gamecock QB coach Magnus arrested, suspended

Well, I guess I'll have to spoonfeed this one to you:

First of all, Magnus is our Quarterbacks coach.  You suggested that since he merely took a piss late at night in a public place that he should be fired from the team.  Seems harsh to me when coaches violate NCAA rules and get much less punishment.

Secondly, it would be disruptive to our program to have to search for someone new to fill in at QB coach if, given your suggestion, Spurrier were to flush Magnus' career down the toilet (forgive the pun) for taking a leak.

A disruptive program always lessens the ability of a team to produce as well, and thus gives the opponent an increased opportunity for victory.

If you can't make sense of that, perhaps we should get you into a remedial reading program.

I'm truly sorry that you chose to live in such a subpar area of Midtown Memphis.  The beggars at the local Ike's and Walgreens were enough to keep me away from that area.  At least you recognize that pissing in public was a regular occurence where you lived.  I lived on Mud Island before moving to Brentwood, TN, which is much more preferable to me personally.

With all of the arrests for DUI, violence and drugs, and the lying that occurs between coaches and the NCAA, you'd really think this issue was a bit overblown.  But I suppose knocking Carolina is what you do best.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:16 pm

Gamecock QB coach Magnus arrested, suspended

Also Memphis , how on earth does one of your coaches pissing on a streetcurb have anything at all with our "  chance" at losing to Carolina for a third straight yeaR ? Makes no sense what you are saying.

 I lived on the East Parkway near Poplar ave in Midtown Memphis for a year and a half , which makes it easier for me to understand why you would think it is ok for someone...anyone , to just whip it out and take a leak in public places. Sheesh....

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:42 pm

Gamecock QB coach Magnus arrested, suspended

I would never quote or use an example from Europe for anything. Sorry memphis.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:51 pm

Gamecock QB coach Magnus arrested, suspended

Well I guess some folks are ok with public urination(however disgusting and infantile ) ... Memphis.

I am a self respecting , educated adult so I am not.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:56 pm

Gamecock QB coach Magnus arrested, suspended

Oh, relax, Tigerdug.  I know you would do anything to limit South Carolina's chances of beating Clemson 3 times in a row, but urinating in public has likely occurred with pretty much every adult male in existence.  In fact, it's done quite regularly in Europe where areas are constructed for such things.  Smart thing to do when you're in Clemson territory?  Not so much.  Worthy of dismissal from an NCAA Division I school?  Hardly.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:59 pm

Gamecock QB coach Magnus arrested, suspended


Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:30 am

Gamecock QB coach Magnus arrested, suspended

The Old Ball Coach did the right thing in both cases
No .... no he didn't . giving the pass to a teenager for disrespect or criminal behavior is why America has such a thick judicial backlog today. This would not happen if this kid were not a high profile college quarterback , and anyone who says that it is ok for a grown-up ( over 18 years old ) to scratch cars , pee on public streets , drink in public while under the lagal age is probably dealing with their own idiotic personal demons.
The Old Ball Sack should have gotten rid of Garcia after the second chance incident..which is now a 6th chance (shameful) and this Mangus of the Wangus fella should be cleaning out his office as type this.
Spurrier is a joke on discipline when it interferes with his possible win total.

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2011 5:10 am

Gamecock QB coach Magnus arrested, suspended

The "Ole Ball Coach" has ZERO chance of winning the Sec East without Garcia. Garcia need a 24/7 baby sitter and i guess this dummy has the job. That means the "Ole Ball Coach" will pop this drunk on his nasty hands and put him back to work baby sitting Garcia the other drunk.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:17 am

Urinate good times, come on! (Kool n the Gang)

Hey, now the staff is trying to complete Stephen Garcia's rap sheet bingo card.  I guess there are a few things Garcia hasn't been charged with yet.  Nice video, by the way.  Who taught Garcia to urinate in public?  Mangus.

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