Coordinator Speak: Mangino On Kansas Return

Mark Mangino was the head coach at Kansas from 2002-09 and took the Jayhawks to the Orange Bowl in 2008. On Saturday, Mangino will return to Lawrence, Kan., as Iowa State's offensive coordinator

Mark Mangino has gotten around, and so when it comes to Saturday and his return to Lawrence, Kan., the Iowa State offensive coordinator isn't treating it any different.

At least he isn't showing it.

"We're a team that needs to win a game, that's what I'm focused on," Mangino said. "We need to get on the right track here and get a win and play well. Just preparing our players is my focus."

Mangino, who coached Kansas from 2002-09, took the Jayhawks to the Orange Bowl and a 12-1 record in 2007-08. Following the successful season, Mangino swept coach of the year awards around the country, including Big 12 Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year.

Mangino's 50 victories at Kansas are the second most in school history, and when the Jayhawks' recently fired Charlie Weiss, his name surfaced among fans. Since Mangino's departure after the 2009 season, Kansas is 11-45.

"I had a great time there," Mangino said. "I enjoyed my time coaching there, met a lot of nice people, coached some incredibly good football players and great kids. But that really doesn't have anything to do with it. I'm at Iowa State, we're a team right now that needs to get on track and get a win."

Mangino has also been an assistant coach at Kansas State and Oklahoma, making Saturday just another stop in his past.

"I'm not ignoring the fact that I coached there before, but this is my fourth school in the Big 12," Mangino said. "I've gotten around a little bit."


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