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.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

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."