Fans On-Air & On-line React To News Of Coach Arrest

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - From the airwaves at 107.5 The Game to Twitter and Facebook, fans around the Midlands had something to say about the arrest of USC quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus.

USC quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was arrested overnight for public nuisance. Mangus was in Greenville for a high school coaches clinic and was arrested after police say he was caught urinating on the street.

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At 107.5 The Game studio in West Columbia, sports talk radio was abuzz with news of the arrest of Stephen Garcia's quarterbacks coach G.A Mangus. One caller said, "At the end of the day this was supposed to be a coach who was supposed to be a mentor."

Other caller suggested the coach should receive some sort of alcohol treatment classes. "Maybe there needs to be some help needed for G.A Mangus."

Radio Host Heath Cline took similar calls all afternoon and admits "it's been a busy day". A day he believes will leave a black eye on USC for some time.

"It's embarrassing and you hate for G.A Mangus on a personal level because he's a really good guy, he's done a lot of good work. But this will be associated with him in some people's mind for a while," said Cline.

At the restaurant Thirsty Fellow in the Vista, fans were also talking about the arrest. "Are you disappointed?" asked News 19. "Yeah, I am disappointed I don't think it represents the school and it doesn't represent the football team how it should be," said Zack Peterman.

Liz Greenway didn't know what to think. "When I heard about it I kind of had to do a double take because I didn't really think they were talking about a coach; I thought maybe they were talking about a player."

Tony Armstrong graduated from USC, he believes Spurrier made the correct decision in suspending Mangus.  "Stephen Garcia has had his issue and now one of our coaching is having a similar type issue. The blind leading the blind."

Twitter and facebook ran wild when the news broke. Clemson starting quarterback Tajh Boyd said "Like coach, like QB, shaking my head."

On the WLTX facebook page one user wrote, "I think Coach Mangus deserves just as many chances as Garcia has had."

Another post said simply, "Fire him."

Some callers back at the radio station sided with Mangus saying, "I still think even though he did this he still has a pretty good future in front of him."

Even with a mixed bag of fans emotions, the future of USC's quarterbacks coach hangs in the balance. 

"It would be insane for anybody to talk about firing G.A Mangus as a result of this," said radio host Heath Cline. "You are talking about somebody who was not operating a vehicle, you are talking about somebody who did not put anybody in jeopardy. He made a poor decision."

The "nuisance conduct" charge he faces is a citation for about $500 and was issued as a traffic ticket. He's scheduled for another court appearance late in August. He didn't have anything to say to reporters as he left the jail.

WNKT's 107.5 The Game airs "Gametime" from 4:00pm-7:00pm daily.

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