Mangino Era at KU Ends

Mark Mangino has resigned as Kansas football head coach after eight seasons at Mount Oread.

The official announcement early Thursday evening from the KU Media Relations department ends a tumultuous two-week period over Mangino's job security, when athletics director Lew Perkins began an internal investigation over Mangino's treatment of players. The investigation was started after a non-player reportedly went to Perkins regarding Mangino poking senior linebacker Arist Wright in the chest.

Since Nov. 17, numerous ex-players have come forward complaining of Mangino's verbal abuse. Mangino, though, also received support from former and current players.

After a 5-0 start this season, Mangino's Jayhawks lost the final seven games.

Mangino posted a 50-48 career record at Kansas, just two victories shy of A.R. "Bert"  Kennedy on the school's all-time win list. He recorded a 23-41 mark in Big 12 play and went 3-1 in bowl games

The consensus national coach of the year in 2007 (KU went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl), Mangino revived the Kansas football program and was the first KU coach to have a winning career record since Jack Mitchell (44-42-5) in 1966.

Mangino had many other accomplishments during his tenure, including:

  • Bowl games in consecutive years (2007 and 2008) for the first time in school history.
  • Three consecutive bowl victories for the first time in KU history.
  • Eight wins in consecutive seasons (2007 and 2008) for the first time since 1908 and 1909.
  • Twenty wins in a two-year period, the most in consecutive years in school history.
  • Six wins in four straight seasons (2005-2008) for the first time since 1903-06.
  • Combined 33-17 record from 2005-08 for the most wins in a four-year period in school history.

KU also set new home attendance records in each of the last four seasons, returned to the national polls in 2007, the Jayhawks' first ranking since 1996, climbing to No. 2 in the polls after winning the first 11 games in 2007.

After a 2-10 record his first season at KU in 2002, Mangino went 6-7 (2003), 4-7 (2004), 7-5 (2005), 6-6 (2006), 12-1 (2007), 8-5 (2008) and 5-7 this season.

A New Castle (Pa.) native, Mangino began his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant at New Castle High School. He also had coaching stops at Youngstown State, Geneva College, Ellwood City (Pa.) High School, Kansas State and Oklahoma before accepting the head coaching job at Kansas in December 2001.

Mangino is the only coach in NCAA history to win the national coach of the year and national assistant coach of the year (Frank Broyles Award in 2000 as assistant at Oklahoma).

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