Friday, May 23, 2008

Mangino, KU working on new contract


Kansas University is close to reaching a new agreement with football coach Mark Mangino, the Journal-World has learned.

Fresh off a 12-1 season in which the Jayhawks won the Orange Bowl, associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said that Mangino and athletic director Lew Perkins are working on a new deal.

"They've almost got his contract re-done," Marchiony said. "They're working on it right now. They're just down to a few little things, and when it's done they'll release it."

Specific details weren't known, but the new deal expects to come with an increase in pay. Mangino signed his most recent contract before the 2006 season, a deal which paid him $1.5 million annually.

At the time, Mangino had just one winning season under his belt. But 2007 was a season for the record books at KU. Under Mangino's leadership, the Jayhawks went 12-1, won the Orange Bowl and ranked among the nation's best statistically in both offense and defense.

In addition to his base pay, Mangino received close to $200,000 in performance bonuses for certain goals attained in 2007, including being named national coach of the year and getting his team to a BCS bowl.

Marchiony said he knew of no timetable for Mangino's new deal getting finished.

"What Lew said to me was that they're almost done with it," Marchiony said. "We fully expect Mark to be here for a long time."


kansaspike 12 years, 11 months ago

When Joe Pa leaves Penn St., Mangino will be the #1 choice. Better to settle what they can now, and not have their hand forced by Penn St in the near future.

jhawk4life1976 12 years, 11 months ago

Congrats to Coach Mangino. He has brought this program to a new level. Hopefully this keeps him in Lawrence for good.

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

You know what this is about don't you ...... that's right - DOLLAR $IGN$, B-C-S!! :D

byron 12 years, 11 months ago

I thought he was going to West Virginia?!

WhatleysMustache 12 years, 11 months ago

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jayhawkinATL 12 years, 11 months ago

I hear what you're saying, KURUSH1530. But, rest assured, even with the restructuring, Coach Mangino's deal will not be as sweet as Coach Self's new one. Bottom's nice to see that we CAN compensate our coaches appropriately.

jayhawkinATL 12 years, 11 months ago

Way to show Coach the proper respect, KU.

number1jayhawker 12 years, 11 months ago

I'm sure HCMM's new deal will include pay raises for his assistants. They need to do this to keep the good coaches we have and to attract good new coaches when needed.Rest assurd, HCBS's new contract will keep his compensation package higher.

KURUSH1530 12 years, 11 months ago

WHAT?!! This guy was already making more than Bill Self, why does he need more money? It's obvious he wasn't going to leave. After winning 12 games and an Orange Bowl last year he didn't even get a sniff at an interview for any openings. Sorry, he's a good coach, but this restructure isn't needed.

William James 12 years, 11 months ago

Its not about whether or not Mangino wants to leave, its about him being the best coach in the country and getting paid like it!Bill Self might very well be the best basketball coach in the country and also deserves a payraise.If someone is serious about saying Mangino dosent deserve as much money as Self than I will happily make the counter argument.Bill Self took over the national runners up and made them national champs 5 years later. Certainly impressive.Mark Mangino took over perhaps the worst BCS school in the country and won the Orange Bowl 6 years later. More impressive than what Self accomplished. But what it all comes down to is money and a football program that consistently reaches BCS Bowls will rake in much more money than a basketball program that consistently reaches the Final Four.Dont shoot the messenger, its just the facts.

OutlawJHawk 12 years, 11 months ago

Love him or hate him, Lew Perkins is the REAL DEAL. I suggest we all start loving him. KU athletics is now run like a big time college program and guess what we are getting...big time results!!! UConn, and now KU...Lew you have built winners.Regarding the Lew Perkins "haters", and I mean those of you who have complained about all of the "changes" in the athletic department, such as the point system, a renewed importance placed on donations, and seat placement, I ask you to inner reflect. I would much rather be Basketball National Champions and Orange Bowl Champions, even if the success is funded by big donors who now have the best seats for funding our success than have the "good ole days" of tired, but not disloyal, Jayhawk old timers parked court side for the past 30 years making only minimal financial contribution. Those of you who have been moved to nose bleed seats are now where you belong. Lew has moved our program away from seat socialism, a worn-out campus tradition as bad as tenure, to capitalism, and I welcome the change. And for that reason, we can now pay to keep our coaches, like Coach Mangino, and upgrade our facilities to be some of the best in the country.Socialist Jayhawk brethren and some of my past KU communist professors, please do not over-react to my statements as I am forced to watch games on TV and cannot even afford your nose-bleed seats; I don't sit around and cry about it, though. The reality is that those graduates and KU fans that have had greater success in life deserve the better seats and in turn they help our program financially more than you. So, get over the Lew Perkins changes...the old days of seat tenure were truly unfair, un-American, and ridiculous. So along with thanking Mr. Perkins for working on a new contract for Coach Mangino, we owe him thanks for fixing the basketball seating problem, too.

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