Mangino, KU working on new contract

Friday, May 23, 2008

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."