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.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.
“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.”
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.