Saturday, December 19, 2009


Mangino, Long set financially


What Keegan says...

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, and blessed with the right personality and presence to recruit well in his native state, new Kansas University football coach Turner Gill could take the school’s Texas recruiting finds to new heights.

But Gill can’t do it alone, and KU can’t fill a roster with players from Texas and Kansas alone. Gill will need plenty of help, and he’ll need to assemble a staff that includes at least one assistant coach rich with Texas contacts and one loaded with Midwest ties.

Enter Reggie Mitchell, University of Illinois assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator/running backs coach. An industry source’s whisper that Gill could hire Mitchell as his recruiting coordinator and put him in charge of running backs makes a lot of sense.

Since leaving KU, where he worked for Glen Mason from 1988-1996, Mitchell has worked at Minnesota (1997-98), Michigan State (1999-2004) and Illinois (2005-present).

Former Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2005 NFL Draft, is among the many standouts recruited by Mitchell over the years. A native of Flint, Mich., Mitchell has mined most of his talent from the Midwest.

Mitchell isn’t the only assistant coach in contention for a return trip to Lawrence. Darrell Wyatt, associate head coach/offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach for Southern Mississippi, has had success recruiting Texas while coaching at Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Arizona.

Call this “A Tale of Two Settlements.”

Unlike the Dickens novel “A Tale of Two Cities,” however, there are no worst of times, only best of times.

As you know, Kansas Athletics Inc. has agreed to play former football coach Mark Mangino a lump sum of $3 million on or before Thursday. I think you must agree that any seven-figure payout is considerably better at Christmas than a lump of coal.

It’s unlikely Lew Perkins wrote a check for the $3 million from his personal bank account, and you have to suspect the Kansas University Endowment Association is involved somehow.

But at least the KU-Mangino divorce is final. Not all schisms end that quickly or emphatically.

Take Chuck Long, for example. Long, new KU coach Turner Gill’s offensive coordinator, was involved in a much different scenario when he was fired as San Diego State’s head coach in 2008.

Long’s settlement, in fact, wasn’t completed until last month. When the Aztecs dumped him after three seasons, Long had two years remaining on his contract. In round figures, they owed him $1.4 million.

Long’s original pact, unlike Mangino’s, contained a clause stipulating that if he was terminated he had to be re-assigned within the athletic department. Thus the former standout quarterback at Iowa University spent practically all of this year doing “special projects” and analyzing how the Aztecs’ football program could be improved.

For that busy work, he was paid $715,000, or a heckuva lot more than your average think-tanker. Also, according to Long’s pact, if he left for another job, he wouldn’t be paid a nickel.

So why in the world would Long leave San Diego State for KU when he could sit around during 2010 pushing papers and collecting another $715,000?

Well, obviously, he had had enough of that Mickey Mouse work and wanted to return to coaching. Obviously, though, Long would have been nuts to forfeit the 700 grand, so lawyers and agents went to work and hammered out a revised deal in November that was more favorable to his departure.

For whatever reason — were they embarrassed to have him still hanging around? — San Diego State condescended to pay Long if he left. However, it was stipulated that what they owed him would be subtracted from his compensation at a new post.

If we are to assume Long will be paid in the $300,000 range at Kansas — predecessor Ed Warinner earned 306 grand — then San Diego State will have to pony up about $400,000.

So at $715,000 a year, even if it is coming from two sources, Long probably will be the highest-paid offensive coordinator in America. Unless Texas breaks the bank for its top aides as the Longhorns did when they made head coach Mack Brown into the Five-Million Dollar Man.

Will Mangino return to coaching eventually? Probably. But after eight years as a head coach, it may be difficult for him to step into an assistant’s role again.

On the flip side, Long and new KU defensive coordinator Carl Torbush were both head coaches at one time and became aides again, so who knows what Mangino will do?


minnhawk84 11 years, 7 months ago

Most of us would be set financially for life if we received $3m, even after Uncle Sam and John Brown took their bites outta the check. It will be Mangino's ego to drive him to get another head coaching job again. I think he will, and it won't be at a mid-major school. He is smart enough to learn from his mistakes. With a national coach of the year in his back pocket, he'll get another shot at a decent head coaching position. Good luck to Mark; don't spend it all in one place, and get yourself healthy.

John Brown 11 years, 7 months ago

I wish I could earn 700k drinking coffee and talking football and living in San Diego. Obviously, Long must be thinking about his future. He will employed next year at 300K in Lawrence, KS, and this is the equivalent of 700K in Cali. Either way, it is good money. The 3 mill for Mangino is like winning the lottery to me. I am sure that Mangino will land on his feet hopefully not in the B-12.

Billy Derringer 11 years, 7 months ago

mark mangino will never be a bcs coach again mark it down....not that im not rooting for him, but it will never happen not after the hear say of abuse and his waight is always going to be a issue......mark should do the gastro by-pass surgery and come back in a year or two and really look like he rededacated him self to be a better over all person, on and off the feild.......

number1jayhawker 11 years, 7 months ago

Good post D29. I agree.

If more coaches that abuse their players and assistant coaches are brought out into the light, that will make it even tougher for Mangino to get a head coaching job, IMO.

meremy 11 years, 7 months ago

Approximately 2% of people (with no major risk factors) who undergo bypass die within 30 days. Almost 20% have adverse outcomes. No doubt some people really benefit. I've heard this suggested for Coach Mangino multiple times from people, so I'm not picking on derringer. "Why doesn't he get bypass surgery? He can afford it." I suppose that's why, it's not a panacea. Really, it's not that safe, it's not that reliable.

Some sports media outlet, I think outside the lines or real sports, did a special on the epidemic of poor health in the football coaching profession a couple of years back. Summary: Long Hours, enormous stress, and lots of take-out aren't good for one's physical health. Maybe just being out of that environment can help the Coach Mangino get himself in order.

Michael Stanclift 11 years, 7 months ago

Agreed with meremy, there is no need for bypass surgery. Eat less, eat better, exercise more, reduce stress.

It's not rocket science.

Christopher Johnson 11 years, 7 months ago

Derringer, I don't think 2nd graders should be posting on this site.

Don Everett 11 years, 7 months ago

Who cares what Mangino does from here on out, let's look to the future.

Phillbert 11 years, 7 months ago

"It’s unlikely Lew Perkins wrote a check for the $3 million from his personal bank account, and you have to suspect the Kansas University Endowment Association is involved somehow."

"You have to suspect" - if only Chuck were one of those people who is paid to find out facts and report those facts to other people, rather than just speculating and suspecting.

What are those people called? Reportites? Reporteans?

Oh well, I'll just follow his lead and "suspect" that they're called Reportains, rather than doing any actual reporting.

okiedave 11 years, 7 months ago

Gastric By-Pass is too dramatic and risky. Lap-band procedure to simply decease the size of the stomach with an elastic band, is simply easier and does not involved extensive surgery and has good outcomes. Whatever, Mangino needs to do is his business and not ours. He is responsible for his own health.

optichawk 11 years, 7 months ago

C'mon guys, give Chuck a break. Look at some other papers and notice a trend...Chuck did provide info that you otherwise wouldn't have had (i.e. Long's deal at SDSU) and these features are supposed to come from the angle of one of us telling each other not some know-all, tell-all preacher...things have changed in what has become one of the toughest businesses on the planet (newspapers). The LJW does give you one thing you otherwise wouldn't have, a place to write your own drivel that in the cases above was a waste of space and everyone's time to read...touche', right Chuck?

4everahawk 11 years, 7 months ago

optichawk - I love it when someone gets it right! Keep up the good features Chuck.

Steve Brown 11 years, 7 months ago

Minnhawk says: Most of us would be set financially for life if we received $3m, even after Uncle Sam and John Brown took their bites outta the check.

why then are most lottery winners bankrupt after few years.....

Good bye Mark, thanks for memories, get help. physical, mental & spiritural, get help.

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