Originally published December 7, 2009 at 04:47p.m., updated December 8, 2009 at 12:00a.m.

Warinner candidate for Akron head coaching job


Kansas University offensive coordinator Ed Warinner interviewed Monday for the head coaching job at the University of Akron, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Journal-World.

Warinner began his career at Akron in 1984, when he served one season as the running backs coach before moving to Michigan State under George Perles. He served two seasons there before moving on to Army, Air Force and Illinois.

In the past three seasons under Warinner, the Kansas offense thrived, finishing the 2009 season ranked seventh in the NCAA in passing offense (310.3 yards per game) and 25th in total offense (422.42).

With Warinner, KU has produced its top three passing and top three total offense seasons in school history.

Warinner, who just completed his fifth overall season at Kansas, was not named one of the three interim coaches following the departure of Mark Mangino, who resigned last week amid an investigation into his treatment of players.


Jhawk59 9 years, 4 months ago

Copy & pasted for lulz...

Kansas University offensive coordinator Ed Warinner interviewed today for the head coaching job at Arkon University, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Journal-World.

Warinner, who just completed his (WHAT) season at Kansas, was not named one of the three interim coaches following the departure of Mark Mangino, who resigned last week amid an investigation into his treatment of players.

....maybe finish the article before you post it?

Jhawk59 9 years, 4 months ago

Proofread it as well? You still misspell Akron in the first paragraph and it should read 5th season, not five, where "WHAT" once was.

JayViking 9 years, 4 months ago

Had to be a stickler but the editing here was awful.

Aw hell, two people beat me to that comment.

Eric Williams 9 years, 4 months ago

Aside from editing.

Warinner was not named "interim head coach" because he's not staying no matter what.

He has been named one of the top Coordinators for the past 3 years. He can be a head coach or an OC at a much better school. I think the only reason he stuck around as long as he did was because of Mangino and the talent they had recruited.

Losing Reesing, Meier, Briscoe, Sharp will undoubtedly have a negative effect next season. Why would Warinner want to suffer through that and what his coaching stock go down.

Meanwhile Clint Bowen will once again coach a defense down the toilet. I can't understand how we went from Bill Young to Bowen. I'm starting to think Lew forced Mangino to hire Bowen.

Ted Toulouse 9 years, 4 months ago

Defense was worse than the offense. Bowen should go too.

Alan Halvorsen 9 years, 4 months ago, when a HC gets fired, so does his staff. Bowen was the only carry-over from Terry Allen.

Vic Janeway 9 years, 4 months ago

Warinner should be coach and Bowen should be gone! Are you listening to any of this Lew? At least bring in a coach who can beat texas, Nolan Cromwell is a KU man all the way!

John Percival 9 years, 4 months ago

This year was, without a doubt, the most disappointing in my 25 years of KU football, but best of luck, Coach Warriner. Thanks to Coach Bowen, as well. Great to have guy who played here and bleeds Crimson & Blue on the staff. You can have the best schemes in world, but if you don't have the players... Kind of think Reed, Gordon, Talib, etc. made our defenses a little better under B.Y. What happened to the recruiting and the benefits of 3 bowl wins in 4 years? Doubt Ed would have looked like a genius next year with the guys we're losing. It just so happened that our offense "outlasted" the defense by a year.

TenaciousD 9 years, 4 months ago

IMO, Bill Young was hoping to get the head job if Mangino got fired.

Then, when Mangino got coach of the year on Bill Young's coat tails, he just moved on.

Look what has happened since he left. Defense and the team took a big step back each of the last two years. Bill Young was the man.... not Mangino.

Kevin Holt 9 years, 4 months ago

You guys are missing the boat...Warriner and Mangino's success since 2007 is the direct result of the playmaking ability of Todd Reesing.

Bill Young was continuously criticized (and rightfully so) for terrible defenses from 2002-2006. 2007 was his magic year and he cashed in and left...that's fine, good for him. I would argue that he knew what he had to work with in 2008 and knew enough to get going while the going was good.

Bowen should be replaced b/c he has had his shot and things are not as good as they need to be. He is one of us, however, and deserves some respect. No need to rewrite history to make him the fall guy for the demise of Bill Young's powerhouse which was really only a one hit wonder.

suttonku 9 years, 4 months ago

Warriner sucks...he can take his bad play calling to Akron...

James Findley 9 years, 4 months ago

Ha good luck with that Akron. Did you see the last 6 offensive pays that were called for KU in the Mizzery game. Terrible.... Absolutely Terrible! Good riddens to bad rubish!

Rivethead 9 years, 4 months ago

See, unlike some of you, an AD evaluates a coach over his career in multiple areas.....not jut play calling.

Warinner is one of the top assistants in the country. His offensive schemes have been fantastic (let's see we can snap the ball and immediately roll right the entire game to make Suh run farther to get to Reesing (Warinner) OR we can keep Colt McCoy in the pocket and let Suh terrorize him all night (the scheme Greg Davis, UT's OC went with).

Clint Bowen's D this year improved in almost every statistical category....and with mostly freshman and sophomores on the two-deep, that's very impressive. This despite his lone defensive "leader"/star, Stuckey, being quiet as a mouse all season long. And Clint is a fantastic recruiter too. Seems like our highest ranked recruits are almost always either Bowen or Beaty's kid.

I can't believe how far off-base some of you are. Do you actually follow his team or is you Midol just wearing off?

MitchumMan 9 years, 4 months ago

This would be a huge loss for the team. There was nothing wrong with the offense this year besides players not making plays. And even when they did make plays, the defense was horrible. Wait, the defense was horrible all year. Keep Warinner, demote Bowen to assistant DC, hire a head coach and a DC. Now that wasn't hard... haha

TenaciousD 9 years, 4 months ago

Phoggy -

KU was a Top 5 defense in 2006. The defense was responsible for most wins that season by holding the opponent to low scoring and allowing the offense to squeak a few out.

GridironHawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Good luck to Akron. They will now be the only team in the country to run a "no huddle" offense and still take 20+ delay of games and waste many costly timeouts. I liked Warinner's schemes but do you really think defenses didn't realize we snapped the ball with less than 5 seconds on the play clock 95% of the time. Our offense was good this year but should have been a lot better. They say Warinner is as hard to get along with as Mangino and for those that think our offensive talent drops off that much should be in for a pleasant surprise. Toben is/will be twice the running back Sharp was (nothing against Sharp) and Lewis can give us the speed bursts we need. Pick may not have the pocket awareness of Reesing but is a better runner and thrower. It will take time to find out if he has the intangibles it takes to win in the Big 12. Wilson and McDougald will fill in the WR duties just fine and all our O-line stays intact.

KU 9 years, 4 months ago

I don't give a damn about offense! I want a defense that can hold Texas to 13 points or OU to 10.

grandpa 9 years, 4 months ago

GridironHawk. My evaluation is the same as yours. Your post makes more sense than anyone before you. Warriner made some bad offensive calls in some of the games we should have won. We are going to have a good bunch of boys coming back and with a good , new head coach and offensive co-ordinator, we are going to do just fine. Better than this year.

Kevin Holt 9 years, 4 months ago

TenaciousD -

What Stats are you looking at? Check out. and you'll not see us anywhere near Top 5 in any category.

And the reason we didn't make plays this year was b/c Reesing couldn't move in the middle of the season. Looks like Reesing was the key to me...not Warriner. Not that Warriner didn't do a good job...just don't see him as the main reason of our success.

TenaciousD 9 years, 4 months ago

Phoggy -

They were Top 3 in 2005 in rushing defense.

Here's the Total Defense since 2002. No doubt they were as bad or worse prior to that.

2002 112th (Bill Young's first year) 2003 85th 2004 41st 2005 11th 2006 28th 2007 12th (Left after this season) 2008 89th 2009 74th

A pretty clear trend following Bill Young's defensive efforts. If you don't recall any other year than 2007 when the defense was excellent, they you weren't paying attention. I never heard of Bill Young being "continuously criticized" while at KU.

Again, he (and Reesing) were behind the success. Not Mangino.

areyouserious 9 years, 4 months ago

Please Akron............TAKE HIM...................he is awful!!!!

Kevin Holt 9 years, 4 months ago

Good points Tenacious...I'd still give Mangino some of the credit. I remember giving up 2nd half leads in 5 of the 6 losses in 2006 and yes, I remember Young catching hell. I also remember continually putting the best athletes on D back in the day. But I'll concede a little bit to you. Good work!

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