“This is a significant day in the history of the Kansas football program,” said Lew Perkins, Kansas Athletics Director. “Mark Mangino has done an excellent job reviving this program. Chancellor Hemenway and I think it's important that we not only reward Mark for the job he's done, but also give him the support and stability he needs to continue to turn this football program into a top-tier program. We are happy to be able to make this announcement before this season starts.”
The contract, which will raise Mangino’s guaranteed income from $610,000 per year to $1.5 million per year, begins retroactively Jan. 1, 2006 and will run through Dec. 31, 2010. Mangino’s previous contract expired in 2008.
Under the new contract, Kansas Athletics will pay Mangino an annual salary of $220,000. Kansas Athletics also will pay Mangino $1,280,000 per year for professional services rendered. These services may include educational, public relations and promotional duties as assigned by the Director of Athletics. Such duties could include, but are not limited to, the production of any radio or television shows, Internet features or Mangino’s occasional endorsement of products affiliated with and approved by Kansas Athletics or its marketing partners.
The contract includes several provisions for incentives that could total as much as an additional $650,000 in any one year.
“I want to thank Chancellor Hemenway and Lew for their strong and continued support,” Mangino said. “We all share the same vision for excellence in our football program. I appreciate their support of our mission to make KU football a top-ranked program, both on the field and in the classroom.”
This is Mangino’s second contract extension at Kansas. He signed an original five-year deal with the Jayhawks, then signed a one-year extension following his initial year, where the team finished 2-10 and failed to win a conference game. Mangino later said he was given that extension, “because we realized it was a larger job than was originally thought.”
Since that inaugural year, the Jayhawks have been much better, attending two bowl games over the last three years with a combined record of 17-19. During that three-year span, Mangino has defeated Missouri three times and ended losing streaks against Kansas State and Nebraska.
Perhaps more importantly, the Jayhawks have grown more competitive on a week-to-week basis. Mangino’s first team lost nine games by double-digits and eight by 20 or more points. The following year, in 2003, the Jayhawks lost five games by double-digit margins and four by 20 or more points.
The past two years, 2004 and 2005, the Jayhawks have combined to lose just four games by double digits, with two losses of more than 20 points. Those two losses came on the road at national title game participant Oklahoma in 2004 and at national champion Texas in 2005.
During that time period, fan interest has also grown. Last year’s average attendance of 43,675 was an all-time record, and fans snapped up 28,100 season tickets for the 2006 campaign, another record rate. However, the Jayhawks are still waiting for a verdict from the NCAA over violations committed during Mangino’s tenure. In an earlier interview, Mangino said the Jayhawks were making progress.
“I think that it’s safe to say we’ve improved a little bit every year,” Mangino said. “You have to take everything bit by bit. You can’t be worried about the big picture or what you’ve accomplished. That’s something I may do after I retire. You have to improve every game, every day in practice, every drill. That’s how you get to be a better football team."
“We’ve still got a ways to go,” he said. “We’re not done yet.”