SPECIAL REPORT: Mangino headed to Kansas

Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator Mark Mangino will be the next head coach at the University of Kansas

The Offensive Coordinator job at Oklahoma has just become the hottest assistant coaching job in the country.

By all accounts, several sources in Lawrence, Kansas and close to home in Norman are indicating that 44-year old Sooner Offensive Coordinator Mark Mangino will be hired as the next head coach at Kansas as early as 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mangino took over at the Offensive Coordinator position at Oklahoma when Mike Leach left for the head coaching job at Texas Tech, following the Sooners 1999 season and first year under Head Coach Bob Stoops.

Mangino has long been considered one of the top assistant coaches in the country and built that reputation while at Kansas State from 1991 to 1998 and from Oklahoma in 1999 to present. Last season, Mangino was honored as the top assistant coach in college football when he was the recipient of the Frank Broyles Award.

Oklahoma's run to a national title in 2000 was due, much in part, to Mangino's influence on the offensive unit. Mangino enhanced the Sooner running game and developed a passing attack that fully took advantage of the skills of quarterback Josh Heupel.

Mangino has often said that if he ever became a head coach that he would run a similar offense to the one that he ran at OU and a similar defense to the one that the Stoops brothers put together at Kansas State and OU.

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