Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mangino nets coach-of-year award, bonus


Mangino heralded as 'Big 12 Coach of the Year'

A school record eleven wins was enough for conference football coaches to name Mark Mangino the Big 12 Coach of the Year.

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With KU's loss to Missouri ending its regular season, which bowl do you think the 11-1 Jayhawks will wind up in?

  • Fiesta Bowl 54% 3311 votes
  • Orange Bowl 10% 638 votes
  • Sugar Bowl 3% 203 votes
  • Cotton Bowl 21% 1305 votes
  • Holiday Bowl 5% 337 votes
  • Gator Bowl 1% 84 votes
  • Elsewhere 3% 226 votes

6104 total votes.

Big 12 coaches of the year

A year-by-year look at The Associated Press Big 12 coaches of the year, as chosen by reporters who regularly cover the conference for newspapers in the Big 12's seven states:

2007 - Mark Mangino, Kansas, and Gary Pinkel, Missouri

2006 - Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

2005 - Mack Brown, Texas

2004 - Gary Barnett, Colorado

2003 - Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

2002 - Les Miles, Oklahoma State

2001 - Gary Barnett, Colorado

2000 - Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

1999 - Frank Solich, Nebraska

1998 - Bill Snyder, Kansas State

1997 - Larry Smith, Missouri

1996 - Tom Osborne, Nebraska

Mark Mangino orchestrated an unprecedented regular season for Kansas University's football team.

And he'll get a nice holiday bonus for doing so.

KU's sixth-year coach was named co-coach of the year in the Big 12 Conference by the Associated Press, and won the award outright by a vote of the league coaches. Both honors were announced Tuesday.

"I feel privileged to be recognized by my peers," Mangino said. "This honor is really a reflection of our entire coaching staff, and we are all very appreciative."

For being coach of the year, Mangino will receive a bonus of $25,000 by KU, an incentive written into the coach's latest contract signed last year.

Mangino is the first Kansas coach to win league coach of the year in the Big 12 era and the first overall since Glen Mason won the honor in 1995 while KU was in the Big Eight.

Mangino split the AP honor with Missouri's Gary Pinkel, whose team is playing Oklahoma on Saturday in the Big 12 championship. Missouri beat Kansas, 36-28, last week in Kansas City, Mo., to take the Big 12 North.

Both schools have taken major strides this season under the leadership of Pinkel and Mangino. The Tigers were 8-5 a year ago before shooting to the No. 1 spot in the national polls this week following their sixth straight victory.

The Jayhawks, meanwhile, went 6-6 in a disappointing 2006 season. But this year, Kansas raced to an 11-0 start and peaked at No. 2 in the major polls before falling to Mizzou. Only Illinois had a bigger turnaround from '06 to '07.

The boundary-breaking season - the Jayhawks never have won 11 games before - will give Mangino some extra spending money. In addition to the incentive he earned Tuesday, the sixth-year coach could hit two more and end up getting an extra $175,000 on top of the $1.5 million base salary he's already promised.

"We're just glad he's done so well," KU athletic director Lew Perkins said. "We're ecstatic. It's well deserved."

Mangino will get no less than $50,000 extra for Kansas playing in a bowl game. That figure could jump to $100,000 if the Jayhawks are picked for a BCS bowl. Kansas is believed to be a strong candidate to go to the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., with the invitations officially being passed out Sunday.

In addition, Mangino would get another $50,000 if the AP names him national coach of the year. With KU's unexpected burst into the national spotlight, Mangino would be on a short list of candidates for that honor.

Under the terms of his contract - agreed upon days before the start of the 2006 season - Mangino will get the bonus money within 30 days of when the incentive was earned. Many coaches in big-time college football have similar perks for similar performances.

"They're very standard," Perkins said.

Mangino has three other incentives that he won't meet this season:

¢ A $200,000 bonus if KU wins the national championship.

¢ A $50,000 bonus if the Jayhawks win the Big 12 championship.

¢ A $100,000 bonus if more than 40,000 season tickets are sold by Sept. 1 (Kansas sold 31,000 this season).

Tuesday's announcement marks the seventh time a KU coach has received conference coach-of-the-year honors. The first six: Pepper Rodgers (1967), Bud Moore (1975), Don Fambrough (1981), Mike Gottfried (1984) and Mason (1991 and 1995).


Kevin Long 12 years, 10 months ago

That's cool. Hopefully that will be enough money to keep him around. It sucks that he had to share it with Pinkel. MU was picked to win the north. KU was picked 3rd by most people. That just doesn't seem fair.

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 10 months ago

Can we please refrain from bonus and grocery jokes ...

we're all thinking it, just let it go! ;)

Great job, coach ... let's get ready to Fiesta!

John Stowell 12 years, 10 months ago

How ridiculous those bonuses seemed at the time of the contract. I doubt they will have a hard time selling season tickets next year with Texas, KSU, and TTU coming to Lawrence. I'm already excited.

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 10 months ago

There seems to be two sides of the house here at KUSports ...

please go read my Confession about Missouri:


12 years, 10 months ago

It will be interesting to see how the season ticket situation pans out next season. Some questions:

1) Will the required minimum Williams Fund donation be increased from $100?

2) Will there still be a "Family Zone" option for season tickets?

3) Will ticket prices increase significantly?

4) Will Chuck Woodling have to pay more for a hot dog at the concession stand?

The price of success dictates if you want to play, you've got to pay. In my opinion, it will be well worth it.

Seniorblue 12 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations on a great job Coach. You took a group of young men and made them into a great team that the entire Jayhawk Nation is proud of. You, your assistant coaches and this team have laid the foundation for the future of football at The University of Kansas.

12 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the link, sevenyear. Great post. All of your buddies here are cheering for your grandmother!

okjhok 12 years, 10 months ago

7, can't get there at work. Can you copy and paste?

TwistedFish31 12 years, 10 months ago

I remember reading an article in one of the preseason publications that said the Big XII North could be won by anyone "except" Kansas and Iowa State! Mangino guided us through every Big XII game AND we had the ball at the end of the game trailing by 6 against mizzou. He should win National Coach of the Year honors hands down. ROCK CHALK!

troutsee 12 years, 10 months ago

SevenYear....I was the first in my family to go anywhere other than MU. I, of course, went to KU. I have two uncles in the Missouri Football Hall of Fame for their play at I know a little bit about a house divided. Over all, I detest MU but I have many very good friends who are MU grads. Most of them have taken it easy on me since our loss.

Let's everyone saddle up and go to the bowl we get chosen for and, in so doing, really honor these Hawks by our attendence at the bowl game.

jayhawk02 12 years, 10 months ago

Congrats to both the players and Coach Mangino and his staff on a GREAT season. Coach Mangino truly deserved this award and, IMO, the national coach of the year. Guiding a team that was picked to finish 4th in the north, and coming off a disappointing 6-6 season, to an 11-1 regular season is truly outstanding. Sure makes this Jayhawk proud!!

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 10 months ago

thanks Tex, and others ... here's the text if you can't see it:

Hi, my name is Sevenyearhawk, and I have cousins that are Tigers ...

chokes back a sob

there, I said it!

Now, we're not genetically related ... I was adopted from Mexico, and their dad is technically my dad's foster brother, as my grandparents were his legal guardians.

Growing up we saw a lot of each other, but we went our separate ways after junior high ...

The oldest got both her pre-med and medical degree from Mizzou. Her dad is a Vietnam Vet, and she specifically plans on working in VFW hospitals.

The youngest is a sophomore in Columbia, I think he's studying accounting.

They have a middle sister who actually crossed the stateline and has ties to Kansas, she considers herself a Jayhawk!

What has reunited us after all of these years?

Our dying grandmother ...

Some of you on this board know this, others have only heard references to it ... my grandmother has been at KUMed (where else?) for four of the last ten weeks. Three times in the last year.

The week leading up to the Border War was filled with text messages from many excited Jayhawk fans and from my mother, updating me on her condition - quite the emotional roller coaster!

I guess, as we stood on either side of her bed, wearing blue and wearing black ... I kinda realized that while this Rivalry is intense, there are Greater Things that unite us.

In addition to just being pretty damned cool, my grandmother helped with my bachelor's degree, and is financing my master's ... education is of paramount importance to her!!!

I hope and desire that she is able to see me graduate, again ...

You also know that I was on 610Sports and got to meet former Tiger football player, Ken Downing.

I saw his respect for David Jaynes and other Kansas players he mentioned by name ... it gave me a new perspective - how the players feel about this Rivalry.

Finally, I spent a lot of time on tigerboard before my suspension ... I met one, with whom I had many great conversations off-board (PMs)

The new Tiger you've noticed, MizzouBandAlum, is here at my invitation ...

Before you all freak out, just think of it like Jack Ryan bringing Captain Marko Ramius to the United States in The Hunt for Red October!

"... and the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home." Christopher Columbus.

Welcome to the New World, Band Alum

William James 12 years, 10 months ago

Keep us posted sevenyear. It was great to see you make it to Arrowhead last week. Out of Wood, Greene, Keegan, and Romary the only guy that picked us to go better than 2-6 in conference was Keegan. If you go back to the old spodcasters the others were laughing at him. Wood said "Todd Reesing is not the savior". One of other guys said "You cant even beat Toledo or Baylor on the road, how are they gonna beat Colorado or K-State." My point is no one, no expert analysts other than Keegan said we would do better than 4th in the north and no one said better than 2-6 in conference.

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