Garcia and Mangus reinstated to Gamecocks

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COLUMBIA (WACH) " Stephen Garcia and G.A. Mangus have been fully reinstated to the Gamecock football team for the 2011 season.

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed the reinstatements on Monday afternoon.

Garcia was suspended indefinitely in April after an alcohol-related incident at a life skills seminar.

It was his fifth suspension in his college career, and second this year.

Last week, Spurrier made several positive comments about Garcia TMs attitude heading into the fall.

He (Garcia) has changed his lifestyle almost completely. He has been on time, no goofing around. He is very serious and has shown a commitment we have never seen before, Spurrier said.

Spurrier says he expects Garcia to be a different person this fall, adding that he has no room for another mishap.

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Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus is also back with the Gamecocks after he was caught urinating in public last week in Greenville.

Mangus was charged with nuisance conduct and faces a $470 fine if he is convicted.

Team officials say Mangus served his suspension and will remain on probation. Mangus has already gone one week without pay and will give up a total of one month's worth of compensation totaling $14,600 as part of his punishment. He will also not be eligibe for a raise or bonus for a full year.

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, said Athletics Director Eric Hyman. G.A. TMs lack of judgment did not reflect the character and integrity that we expect from our coaches.

Spurrier says both Mangus and Garcia will be present for the start of fall practice.

Spurrier also says defensive back Devonte Holloman is schedule to miss the September 3rd season opener against East Carolina following his DUI arrest in June.

Freshman linebacker Edward Muldrow is also expected to be suspended for the opener, following his arrest last month for underage possession of alcohol.

Cornerback Victor Hampton could miss the opener due to academic issues.

Spurrier says Hampton has not been fully reinstated after he violated team rules this summer.

The Gamecocks start fall practice at 7:30 Wednesday night at the Bluff Rd. proving grounds.

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