COACHING SEARCH: Mark Mangino

More evident now than ever, the University of Memphis football program needs a winner. It should go to all lengths possible to hire the best available winning coach on the market. One man who's proven he can win at any level: Mark Mangino, the former Kansas coach.

More evident now than ever, the University of Memphis football program needs a winner. It should go to all lengths possible to hire the best available winning coach on the market.

"We're looking for the best coach we can find, whether it's an up-and-coming person who's doing really well or a senior person who's doing really well," U of M president Shirley C. Raines said. "We're looking for the best person that we can find. There's a lot of pros. Everybody has a lot of positives and negatives; we're going to look for the best match with the u of m. we'll see what the search firm does to narrow it down, and we'll take a good hard look at what their qualities are and see. Obviously, we want someone who can win."

One man who's proven he can win at any level: Mark Mangino, the former Kansas coach.

Mangino took Kansas from a Big 12 cellar-dweller to a legitimate contender. He took the Jayhawks to their first BCS bowl in 2008, going 12-1. Like Leach, Mangino is all business and isn‘t the warm and fuzzy type. Memphis could use a stern approach like Mangino‘s.

He wouldn't come without baggage, though. The program was cited for lack of institutional control in 2006 after a graduate assistant was found to be providing answers to student-athletes for correspondence courses. Kansas was placed in two years probation and was forced to give up scholarships in 2007 and 2008.

In late 2009, Mangino resigned from the university after allegations of verbal and physical abuse toward his players surfaced.

Why Mangino would be a good hire: Plain and simple, he wins. The only difference between Kansas and Memphis is the BCS dollars. Mangino has proven he can win at a high level, something the Tigers football program desperately lacks right now. He coached several players while at Oklahoma as an assistant, including Heisman trophy winner Jason White, and has a long list of coaching awards.

Why Memphis should pass: Again, he's not the most likeable guy. He doesn't exude friendliness. Some people will not take kindly to his coarse, no-nonsense personality. The program needs a coach who will promote it at all times, and in a positive manner. If Mangino can't do that, Memphis should pass.


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