Saturday, January 13, 2007

Warinner to return to KU as offensive coordinator


Multiple sources have confirmed that Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino's search for a new offensive coordinator was completed on Friday, with Illinois offensive line coach Ed Warinner landing the job. Warinner was offensive line coach at Kansas in 2003 and 2004.

A message left for Warinner at his Champaign, Ill., home Saturday morning was not returned. KU is expected to announce the move in the next few days.

Warinner will replace Nick Quartaro, KU's offensive coordinator for the last five seasons who announced his resignation on Dec. 29 to pursue opportunities outside of coaching. Quartaro was the first coordinator to leave under Mangino - defensive coordinator Bill Young has been at Kansas since Mangino's hiring before the 2002 season.

It will be Warinner's second tenure as an offensive coordinator in his 20-plus years in college coaching. He held the position at Army in 1998 and 1999 at the end of his 12-year stay with the Cadets. He's also coached the offensive line at Air Force, and early in his career coached linebackers and defensive backs at Michigan State.

At KU, Warinner was coach of a successful offensive line in 2003, led by current NFL tackle Adrian Jones and Big 12 newcomer of the year Joe Vaughn. He stayed on for the 2004 season before taking a similar job at Illinois. Current offensive line coach John Reagan replaced him at Kansas.

Warinner, also the Illini's run-game coordinator, has been a wanted man this offseason after illinois led the Big Ten in rushing with 188.8 yards per game. He was among the finalists for the Air Force head coaching job that eventually went to Houston Texans offensive coordinator Troy Calhoun.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Sunday's Journal-World.


JBurtin 12 years, 3 months ago

I'm with notabandwagonfan on this one. Missou just had our number this year. Our defense was pretty good on the run all year long, and improved on the long ball drastically as the year went on, but our young linebackers didn't have much experience at clogging the passing lanes on the short pass. Our biggest weakness played into Missou's biggest strength.

Running Cornish might have made the game shorter and the final score lower, but if you don't have the defense to stop your opponent you're simply not going to win.

Oh, well 3 out of the last 4 aint bad and our linebackers are only going to get better this year.

Warriner looks like a solid pick for our new offensive coordinator. He understands that you have to win the battle in the trenches to win the war. This should help us play stronger in the red zone and finish out drives.

actorman 12 years, 3 months ago

Sounds promising. You think he might have given the ball to Cornish a little more against Mizzou?

Jeremy Bolinger 12 years, 3 months ago

running the ball more wouldnt have done much, except end the game a little quicker. Our defense couldnt stop a single play!

Andy Hess 12 years, 3 months ago

we also might have kept it closer by scoring more points...Mizzou sucks vs. the run, and Cornish exploited them, which kept us close in score. Mangenius pulled him and tried to pass his way to a win and it blew up in his face! not to mention running the ball means more clock time gone which means less time for them to score. did you actually WATCH the game?

Jeremy Bolinger 12 years, 3 months ago

yea, i watched the game. It sounds you are not very knowigible. Missouri threw all over us. It doesnt matter if we keep the offense off the field, because time and time again, all season long, teams threw all over us. We were down too quick that you have to abandon the run, or else all you are going to do is run clock off. The score was never close, genious! 45-17!

Andy Hess 11 years, 7 months ago

says the guy who can't spell knowledgeable. jackass.

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