When Dylan Thompson heard Steve Spurrier announce that quarterbacks Connor Mitch and Perry Orth would douse quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus with ice water Tuesday night as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, he was disappointed.
“I thought, ‘What about me?’” Thompson said.
What South Carolina’s starting quarterback soon learned was that he had won the grand prize – the chance to soak Spurrier himself, which he and defensive lineman Gerald Dixon did after the Gamecocks’ evening workout.
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“We got two buckets for the best coach in the nation,” Thompson said just before he and Dixon each poured a five-gallon bucket of water onto Spurrier.
“Oh man, that was fun,” Thompson said afterward. “That was cool to be able to do that. He’s just a fun coach. I think that is something that is underrated about him. He has a blast in the film room and the meeting room and out here.”
Spurrier decided to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge because two of his former San Francisco 49ers teammates – Gary Lewis and Matt Hazeltine – and another former 49er, Bob Waters, were stricken with ALS, a fatal condition more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“It’s a terrible disease and whatever we can do to help raise some money to fight it, we are going to try do here,” Spurrier said.
All nine of South Carolina’s assistant coaches and athletics director Ray Tanner all took part, too. The assistant coaches were each doused by players from their position “I guess you are supposed to try to challenge somebody else. I am going to challenge three coaching buddies of mine to do their entire staff also, Nick Saban at Alabama, Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M and Bobby Stoops at Oklahoma,” Spurrier said.
“They need to dunk their staffs and those guys, too, to help fight ALS.”
The Ice Bucket Challenge had raised $22.9 million for The ALS Association through Tuesday, which is $20 million more than the organization raised in the same time period last year.