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Mark Mangino
Mangino at a 2007 KU basketball game
Mangino at a 2007 KU basketball game
Title Head coach
Sport Football
Born August 26, 1956 (1956-08-26) (age 53)
Place of birth New Castle, PA
Career highlights
Bowls 3–1
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
2000 Frank Broyles Award
2007 Big 12 Coach of the Year [1]
2007 Walter Camp Coach of the Year [2]
2007 AP National Coach of the Year [3]

2007 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year [4]
2007 The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award [5]
2007 The Sporting News Coach of the Year [6]
2007 Woody Hayes Coach of the Year [7]
2007 George Munger Award [8]
2007 AFCA Coach of the Year [9]
2007 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year [7]

Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Kansas State (Assist.)
Oklahoma (OL)
Oklahoma (OC)

Mark Thomas Mangino (born August 26, 1956 in New Castle, Pennsylvania) is an American football coach. He's fat, and was most recently the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks college football team from 2002 to 2009. In 2007, Mangino received several National Coach of the Year honors after leading the Jayhawks to their first 12-win season in school history. Prior to coaching the Jayhawks, Mangino served assistant positions at Kansas State and Oklahoma. On December 3, 2009 Mangino and the Jayhawks agreed on a settlement in which he resigned from his position as head coach.


Early life

Mangino was born and raised in New Castle, Pennsylvania. After high school, he was offered a football scholarship at Youngstown State. Mangino never played a down and dropped out after one year. Mangino played semi-pro baseball in western Pennsylvania until he became an ambulance driver. In his late 20's he returned to Youngstown State to receive his degree.[10]

Coaching career


Early positions

Mangino graduated from Youngstown State University in 1987, serving as an assistant coach there in his last two years under then-head coach Jim Tressel. He also coached at Lincoln High School in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania and Geneva College, before being hired as an assistant coach at Kansas State University in 1991. Prior to the 1999 season, Mangino left Kansas State to take an assistant position at the University of Oklahoma. While there, he served as the offensive coordinator for the team that beat Florida State for the 2000 national championship. Following that season, he was awarded the Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.


Mangino was hired as Kansas head football coach in December 2001. With 50 victories, Mangino has the second-most victories in Kansas coaching history. In 2003, his second season at KU, Mangino led the Jayhawks to an appearance in the 2003 Tangerine Bowl (now known as the Champs Sports Bowl). This was the first bowl appearance for Kansas since 1995. In 2005, his fourth season at KU, the team finished the regular season 6–5, to post its first winning record under Mangino, and went on to the Fort Worth Bowl, its second bowl game in three seasons. Among the Jayhawks' wins was a 40-15 victory over Nebraska, breaking a losing streak that had begun in 1969, which was the second-longest such streak of consecutive losses in NCAA history. The same year Mangino also built a defense that ranked 11th nationally (based on yards allowed per game) and featured third-team All-American and Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year linebacker Nick Reid. The 2005 team also ranked 6th nationally in total punts. In 2007, Mangino coached the Jayhawks to a 12-1 record and the 2008 Orange Bowl (their first ever BCS appearance). Mangino's defense was ranked 12th in the nation, and 4th in scoring defense. On the other side of the ball, the Jayhawks finished 2nd in scoring offense.[11]

Following the win against the Iowa State Cyclones, Mark Mangino became the first KU football coach with a winning career record since Jack Mitchell in 1966. Under Mangino, the Jayhawks won three Bowl games—the same number they had won in their 102-year history prior to his arrival.

2007 Coach of the Year awards

For his accomplishments in 2007, he was named the 2007 National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press,[12] ESPN/ABC,[5] The Sporting News,[6] Football Writers Association,[4] Walter Camp Football Foundation,[2] National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association,[7] American Football Coaches Association, the Maxwell Football Club (George Munger Award),[8] and he has been named the Woody Hayes National Coach of the Year.[13] He was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the Big 12 Coaches and Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year by the Associated Press. Upon winning these Coach of the Year awards, he became the only NCAA coach in history to win both the Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach and all the major National Coach of the Year awards.[14]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12 Conference) (2002–2009)
2002 Kansas 2–10 0–8 6th (North)
2003 Kansas 6–7 3–5 T–4th (North) L Tangerine
2004 Kansas 4–7 2–6 T–5th (North)
2005 Kansas 7–5 3–5 5th (North) W Fort Worth
2006 Kansas 6–6 3–5 4th (North)
2007 Kansas 12–1 7–1 T-1st (North)*[15] W Orange 7 7
2008 Kansas 8–5 4–4 3rd (North) W Insight
2009 Kansas 5–7 1–7 6th (North)
Kansas: 50–48 23–41

Sources: [16][17]

Total: 50–48
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

(*) Indicates a co-championship.

Note: While officially recognized as 2007 divisional co-champions by the Big 12, the Jayhawks lost the tie-breaker game to Missouri, giving the Tigers the championship game berth.

Record against conference opponents

As of November 29, 2009.

Team Wins Losses Win Pct.
Baylor Bears 2 2 .500
Colorado Buffaloes 3 5 .375
Iowa State Cyclones 6 2 .750
Kansas State Wildcats 4 4 .500
Missouri Tigers 4 4 .500
Nebraska Cornhuskers 2 6 .250
Oklahoma Sooners 0 4 .000
Oklahoma State Cowboys 1 3 .250
Texas Longhorns 0 4 .000
Texas A&M Aggies 1 3 .250
Texas Tech Red Raiders 0 4 .000
Total 23 41 .359
  vs. North 19 21 .475
  vs. South 4 20 .167


Lincoln High controversy

After going 1-9 in his first season as the head coach of Lincoln High in Ellwood City, PA, a group of parents went to the school board and demanded his firing because of his "language, and harsh approach to people". The board elected not to fire Mangino, but he left the school after only one year and did not complete the year as a teacher.[18]

High school referee incident

On September 21, 2002, Coach Mangino yelled at the officiating crew assigned to the Lawrence High SchoolOlathe East football game in which Mangino's son, Tommy, was playing. Mangino apparently became angry after referees failed to call what he believed was a late hit on Tommy, the LHS quarterback.

LHS officials took undisclosed action against Mangino after the game for violating a Kansas High School rule barring abuse of game officials by coaches, players and fans.[19]

2004 Kansas-Texas game

In 2004, Mangino paid a $5,000 fine for suggesting that officials acted with favoritism in a questionable offensive pass interference call that affected the outcome of a game against Texas. Mangino implied that money and a BCS berth for the Big 12 Conference influenced the officials to make a call in favor of Texas.[20] He and athletic director Lew Perkins issued public apologies the day after the incident.

NCAA penalties and probation

In 2005, the Jayhawks self-reported five NCAA major violations including academic fraud had been committed by members of the Jayhawk football program under Mark Mangino.[21] In 2006, these major violations, along with four others from other sports contributed to the NCAA charging the Kansas University Athletics with "lack of institutional control". A graduate assistant was found to have supplied answers to correspondence courses being taken by potential athletes. As a result, the football team was limited for two years in its recruitment of junior college transfers, and lost two scholarships for each of the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Internal Investigations

In November, 2009 Mangino's conduct toward his players became the subject of an internal investigation by the University of Kansas Athletic Department. The coach is accused of boorish and violent actions including grabbing players, verbal abuse, and other causes of concern[22]. A separate investigation was conducted in 2007 related to the coach's repeated parking tickets on campus and his verbal abuse and general behavior toward some of the campus staff that issued those tickets.[23]


In a November 17, 2009 opinion column in The Kansas City Star, Jason Whitlock speculated that Mangino's obesity may have been affecting his job performance, his ability to earn the respect of his players, and his general attitude.[24] Whitlock wrote this column in the aftermath of the announcement that Lew Perkins, the Athletic Director at KU, had launched an investigation involving Mangino's treatment of his players.[25]


  1. ^ Big 12 Sports (2007-11-27). "2007 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced". Press release. Retrieved 2007-11-27.  
  2. ^ a b Walter Camp Foundation. "Kansas’ Mark Mangino Named 2007 Walter Camp Coach of the Year". Press release. Retrieved 2007-12-11.  
  3. ^ Tucker, Doug (2007-12-19). "Mangino Honored As AP Coach". Associated Press (Google). Retrieved 2007-12-20.  
  4. ^ a b Football Writers Association of America. "Kansas' Mangino Wins 2007 Eddie Robinson Award". Press release. Retrieved 2008-01-06.  
  5. ^ a b Fusco, Asher (December 7, 2007). "Mangino earns coach of the year award". The University Daily Kansan. Retrieved 2008-01-06.  
  6. ^ a b "Sporting News names McFadden college player of the year", Associated Press, December 7, 2007.
  7. ^ a b c "Mangino Earns Coach Of The Year Honor From Peers", KU Athletics, January 10, 2008.
  8. ^ a b "George Munger Award - College Coach of the Year".  
  9. ^ "Mangino snares 8th coach of the year award", CJOnline, January 10, 2008.
  10. ^ "The Detours of a Coaching Life".  
  11. ^ "Kansas ( 12 - 1 - 0 ) Thru: 01/07/08". NCAA. Retrieved 2008-02-23.  
  12. ^ Wood, Ryan."Mangino named AP National Coach of the Year", Lawrence Journal World, December 19, 2007.
  13. ^ McCollough, J. Brady. "KU’s Mangino, MU’s Pinkel top AP coach of the year voting", Kansas City Star, December 19, 2007.
  14. ^ Kansas Football Notable from 2008 Kansas Big 12 Football Media Day
  15. ^
  16. ^ "NCAA Football Rankings, 2002–present". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-02-23.  
  17. ^ "Big 12 Record Book" (PDF). Press release. Retrieved 2008-02-23.  
  18. ^ Mangino had similar issues in first job nearly 20 years ago
  19. ^ The Topeka Capital-Journal: Mangino calls incident 'regrettable'
  20. ^ Youtube Video of Press Conference
  21. ^ Kansas Releases Self-Report...
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  23. ^
  24. ^ Whitlock, Jason. Weight issues are root of Mangino's problems, Kansas City Star, November 17, 2009, Retrieved 2009-11-22
  25. ^ McCullough, J Brady. KU athletic department investigating Mangino, Kansas City Star, November 17, 2009, Retrieved 2009-11-24.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Terry Allen
University of Kansas Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Turner Gill
Preceded by
Ralph Friedgen
Broyles Award for Assistant Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Randy Shannon
Preceded by
Greg Schiano
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award
Succeeded by
Nick Saban
Preceded by
Greg Schiano
Walter Camp Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Nick Saban
Preceded by
Greg Schiano
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Nick Saban
Preceded by
Chris Petersen
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
Succeeded by
Kyle Whittingham


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