Saturday, May 24, 2008

New deal for Mangino in works

Kansas coach Mark Mangino holds aloft an orange as KU athletic director Lew Perkins, right, looks on.

Kansas coach Mark Mangino holds aloft an orange as KU athletic director Lew Perkins, right, looks on.


KU in the Mangino era

2002: 2-10 overall, 0-8 Big 12

2003: 6-7, 3-5 (L Tangerine Bowl, 56-26, vs. NC State)

2004: 4-7, 2-6

2005: 7-5, 3-5 (W Fort Worth Bowl, 42-13, vs. Houston)

2006: 6-6, 3-5

2007: 12-1, 7-1 (W Orange Bowl, 24-21, vs. Virginia Tech)

Overall: 37-36

Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino signed a five-year contract in 2006 which paid him $1.5 million per year.

Nobody knew at the time that it'd take just one special season to outdate it.

Sudden success - particularly in large doses - is about to earn Mangino a new contract. That according to associate athletic director Jim Marchiony, who said Friday 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 it presumably means that Mangino will get a raise.

Mangino signed his current deal just before the 2006 season began. That contract earned him a significant boost in pay, though the 6-6 season that followed still raised questions about his job security.

Those thoughts vanished, however, as KU's magical 2007 season started to play out. The Jayhawks went 12-1 and beat No. 3 Virginia Tech, 24-21, in the Orange Bowl to complete what many feel was the greatest season in school history.

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.

Kansas was college football's surprise story of 2007, and Mangino won almost every national coach-of-the-year honor passed out as a result.

The success wasn't lost on Perkins - who also is working on a new agreement for men's basketball coach Bill Self. Marchiony said he knew of no timetable for getting Mangino's deal finalized.

But it's coming.

"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."


FlaHawk 12 years, 11 months ago

KU baseball will be very hard to improve it's revenue stream. FIrst they are a Northern based BB school. Second, they suck no maker how much Coach Price has improved them and he has. THird, they need to play a tougher schedule WSU and KSU played the top team in the nation mid-week during Big XII play. KU likes NAIA schools for some reason (batting practice).Last but not least, Coach Price is out of sons. HIs own kids are his best recruits!

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

That's right ... dollar signs! :DWith the tradition of basketball and sustained success in football, this athletic department could become the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest we use it!

stravinsky 12 years, 11 months ago

Wow, that's not irrational anger or anything. I'm going to have to remember in the future that on the moral spectrum, stealing candy from babies and trying to promote KU baseball by connecting it with basketball or football is roughly the same thing. Creative sports marketing methods are actually inherently evil. Note: the "shameless" isn't literal. Anyways. I'm off to do something immoral like try to popularize the sport of curling through connecting it to KU basketball.

jayhawkinATL 12 years, 11 months ago

I'm guessing Coach Self's deal will have to wait a little while longer so that it is assured of being much more lucrative than Coach Mangino's. I'm just glad to see that we're able to compensate BOTH our coaches properly.

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

FlaHawk,I used to buy into that "Northern school" idea ... but look at Nebraska. They've managed to sustain success; Iowa State wasn't half bad until they got cut.***KG, I don't even know what to say ...Why don't you check back after you've been interviewed by local and national television media, and held your own with a former Missouri football player for an hour on a sportsradio show.Thanks for playin'!

sevenyearhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

women's basketball needs to average 8,000 ...I've run the numbers somewhere, that's completely reasonable.Baseball, I don't know what can be done, winning for one!Perhaps better promotion of events - maybe some shameless cross-branding with hoops and football?

number1jayhawker 12 years, 11 months ago

Now we need to upgrade men's Baseball & women's basketball so they do not put such a financial drain on the athletic department's budget.

lance1jhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

stravinsky... Awesome!!! I was thinking the same thing. I'm laughing my ass off. KGphoto must have forgot to take his "meds" today.

easyfive 12 years, 11 months ago

Two of the best coaches in the country, right here!!!Lost a good one in M. Lee. He should have went to help the girls on their bball game. Mark is a lot of fun. He should have on a crown, silk cape, and jewels of rubes, diamonds, and pearls. O my.

KGphoto 12 years, 11 months ago

"Perhaps better promotion of events - maybe some shameless cross-branding with hoops and football?"sevenhearhawk:Why don't you go steal some candy from babies. You obviously have the moral ability. I like how you throw around words like "shameless". You're a real credit to KU.

Ryan Gerstner 12 years, 11 months ago

Don't be surprised if Mangino gets a major raise. Football is still a big moneymaker with a lot more potential yet. We can still put more people through the turnstiles for football and for the big games, we can get higher average ticket prices. Additionally, you have the suites and other revenue sources that football has that basketball doesn't. If we can get our fans to embrace football even more, KU can be in the top 4 in the Big XII financially if we didn't hit that already this past season.

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