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Friday, May 21, 2010

Mark Mangino leaves Lawrence, moves to Florida

Kansas head coach Mark Mangino walks off the field following the Jayhawks' 41-39 loss to Missouri, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas head coach Mark Mangino walks off the field following the Jayhawks' 41-39 loss to Missouri, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.

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The last of the moving vans wheeled off the premises Tuesday night of the Lawrence home of Mark and Mary Jane Mangino, according to friends and neighbors of the couple.

Mark, Mary Jane and the couple’s feisty dog Yogi on Wednesday began their drive toward a home the couple purchased in Naples, Fla. Their Lawrence home remains on the market.

Mangino, 53, resigned under pressure on Dec. 3 after eight seasons as Kansas University football coach. Since that time, Mangino kept an extremely low profile, did not have any contact with the media, and quietly did volunteer work at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

Friends speculated that if Mangino, who was sent packing with a $3 million parachute, lands another coaching job the couple will keep the Naples property as a second home.

The highlight of Mangino’s tenure came in his sixth season, when he coached Kansas to a 12-1 record and an Orange Bowl victory against Virginia Tech. The low point came in his final weeks, when Kansas lost its final seven games and the athletic department launched an investigation into allegations of excessively harsh treatment of his players. The investigation led to former players coming out in favor of and against the coach.

Mangino, who came to Kansas from Oklahoma, where as Bob Stoops’ offensive coordinator he had gained a reputation as an accomplished recruiter and innovative offensive mind, compiled a 50-48 record. That made him the first Kansas football coach with a winning record since Jack Mitchell (44-42-5, 1958-1966) and left him two victories shy of the school record set by A.R. Kennedy (52-9-4, 1904-1910).

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated KU's Orange Bowl opponent.

Comments

Steve Brown 3 years, 10 months ago

After 7 straight Big 12 losses, I was one that felt Mad Mark had to go, he lost the team.

Now hindsight 20/20 and the KUADept. a cesspool of fraud and deception, I have yearning to read the 'sealed' report on his alleged abuse as well as the separation agreement.

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gardenjay 3 years, 10 months ago

Bad timing to move to the Gulf of Mexico. Really bad timing.

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kgrad99 3 years, 10 months ago

Wouldn't it have been easier to move Florida to Mangino?

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Janet Scott 3 years, 11 months ago

What's done is done. Poorly handled by KU all round; a circus led and played out by junvenile-minded amatuers parading as admin leaders at KU. $3 million will help heal the wounds. Time to move on to the Gill era of KU football, which will seal Lew's "legacy" on Mount Oread. Flip a coin on that one.

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Blake Post 3 years, 11 months ago

Lot of comments here. Shows there is a lot of emotion about how (or when) KU terminated MM. I am still funky about that, not excited about what is to come. Gotta beat MU and ksu but I am doubtful, and that is depressing. And that dirty stinking nebrasska... hate those nebrastards. do we even have a chance against them? How motivated will Buffalo Gill be against them?

But back to what is really stupid... Of course we played the Virginia Tech Hokies in the glorious 2008 Orange Bowl. It was great being there. And no queen, tech is not implied when you say virginia. Florida is not Florida State. Texas is not Texas Tech. Georgia is not Georgia Tech. With that lack of attention to detail, while intending to go to KU, your nephews will go to KSU. OMG!

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boomrsoonr26 3 years, 11 months ago

He left the program in much better condition than when he arrived. Kansas is a liberal school, with progressive "me, baby" athletes. You did the best you could under the circumstances. Mission accomplished Mark, and good luck.

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Mike Kendall 3 years, 11 months ago

I wonder what ever happened to that KU letter jacket that Mangino always wore? Mangino could take over South Florida's football program--wait, that coach, a former K-State coach (it was Jim Levitt, right?) got into hot water by grabbing a player by his throat. Oh, well, just thinking!

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Randy Bombardier 3 years, 11 months ago

I think Mark Mangino did an excellent job in raising the expectations for Kansas Football. The 2007 season, as great as it was, may have been even better had we played Mizzu at home as scheduled before the Errorhead Deal. Yet, MM was not the best ambassador for KU and he created so much pressure it all imploded. I think the pressure was due to forgetting the bigger picture of life. I think it was time to move on. Could a Sabbatical have worked? Who knows, but he needed it and the program needed it. I do not think this is the end of MM or KU Football. Life goes on. So should we all. Coach Mangino, I hope that we can see you coaching again, but take time to get healthy, reflect and be as good a role model as coach and you will be back in coaching and even better. Thank you for the memories.

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Jack Wilson 3 years, 11 months ago

KUbsee69 .. right on. All of you fools that support Mangino getting railroaded will be looking back fondly on our football glory years during Mangino's tenure. It is amazing how his style was acceptable when we won, but the knives came out when we lost a few. Typical politically correct KU administration. It was a freaking witch-hunt, and that's all it was.

And boy, all of the overweight jokes are sure funny. Never heard those before. Very original.

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Luan Do 3 years, 11 months ago

a bunch of sofy people sticking up for a bunch of softy players. no wonder we lost the last 7. they just gave up. maybe some of them players needed someone to tell them to shape up.

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Scott Bonnet 3 years, 11 months ago

He did a great job. I wish him well.

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KUbsee69 3 years, 11 months ago

Eight wins last season and he's still KU's coach. Railroaded ... just railroaded.

I wish him nothing but good luck and good health. If he decides to coach again, I hope he schedules KU, then you'll see why we should have kept him.

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thekansasboy1987 3 years, 11 months ago

HE WAS A TOUGH COACH NOT A SISSY COACH-IT IS FOOTBALL-NOT FOR PRETTY GIRLS-----GOOD LUCK COACH

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rawkhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Good luck, MM. I found a renewed interest in KU football under your leadership

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jhokfan 3 years, 11 months ago

jayhawkinmullen et all:

I’m not defending the allegations made against Mangino but I find it odd that you condemn him for being verbally abusive and turn around and make abusive comments yourself. Make substantiated criticism and I can respect your opinion because he is deserving of some. That being said, whether you like or dislike him he should be given credit for turning around what was a joke of a program. He spent 8 years here and as a Jayhawk fan I think you owe him that amount of loyalty. If you can not find it in yourself to find some praise in his efforts have the good sense to not say anything.

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Lance Hobson 3 years, 11 months ago

I'm afraid the best days of KU football are leaving with him. He'll be much more appreciated in the future.

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Keith Kienzle 3 years, 11 months ago

As a KU fan in Virginia, dismantling VT gave me great joy! Bragging rights forever...

Bye Coach. Take care of yourself, and good luck.

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gutter 3 years, 11 months ago

Those of you who are still upset he is gone - WAKE UP!!!!! The guy was a piece of garbage. He's not gone because of a lack of success - which even I am thankful for. He is gone because at times (TOO often) he was a pathetic human being. Good riddance!

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Seth Peattie 3 years, 11 months ago

queen_krenda can SUCK IT!!!!!!!!!!

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Kman_blue 3 years, 11 months ago

Actually, coach Mangino was 3 shy of A.R. 'Bert' Kennedy who was 53-9-4, not 52-9-4 as stated in the article.

A.R. Kennedy 1904: 8-1-1 1905: 10-1-0 1906: 7-2-2 1907: 5-3-0 1908: 9-0-0 1909: 8-1-0 1910: 6-1-1 Total: 53-9-4

The 2009 football media guide inexplicably leaves out a 16-0 KU win over Colorado on October 30, 1906 in Lawrence. That's probably the source of the error in Bert Kennedy's total wins listed in the article.

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Dan Harris 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for the memories and good luck down the road coach!

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razorhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Welcome to Naples, Coach. We are happy to have you here. In our house, Gators and Seminoles are 4-letter words and a Jayhawk is always welcome. PS-You'll love the winters.

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jhokfan 3 years, 11 months ago

Some sorry excuses for KU fans today. And they say mizwho fans are bad.

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Brook Havens 3 years, 11 months ago

Didn't realize King Buffet was up for sale????? That was the residence they were referring to right???

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jayhawkinATL 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, Coach!!! Hope this isn't your "ride off into the sunset" just yet.

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yovoy 3 years, 11 months ago

i don't exactly agree nor disagree that uncle lew did him wrong. all mangino (and our boys) had to do was go 3 and 4 over the last 7, and he'd've had the mark - and likely his job.

i wish him well. shame on all the posters making light of his weight. sheesh, we are bored.

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azalum 3 years, 11 months ago

only coach with a winning record since the 60's and 2 wins shy of the all time mark and we forced him out. SWEET LUE i love you and all you have done but you are wrong on this one!

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 11 months ago

sgtjb123

If Jaybate and 100 were baseball players, they would be clean-up man. I'm just the bat boy!!

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Tony Bandle 3 years, 11 months ago

Maybe the best way to remember a departed coach is to hold his legacy in reference over the long haul compared to his successors.

HCMM had his peaks and valleys, monumental successes and failures, but one thing no one can argue was that he avoided commiting the mortal sin of a public figure.......he was never boring!!

I will take the high road and wish him best of luck in trying to improve his health and, hopefully, he finds a postion that will make him happy.

{PS I originally wrote...and serve him well, but I figured that would open up a Pandora's Box of slings and arrows]

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kualuminohio 3 years, 11 months ago

Should have beat Missouri though...

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kualuminohio 3 years, 11 months ago

:-(... Thanks for your time at KU, I will never forget the march to the Orange Bowl...

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tophawk87 3 years, 11 months ago

If you purchase the house right now, before the renovations, you get the er, extra wide toilet for no extra charge...

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jayhawkinmullen 3 years, 11 months ago

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Janet Scott 3 years, 11 months ago

Did more with nothing than anyone who ever roamed the football sidelines as KU head coach. Pretty amazing, really.

Oh, did Lew go over to help haul the furniture from the Mangino's house to the moving van? Did Gray-Little stop by with cookies and cider on moving day? Just wondering. Tom K didn't say.

If ex-KSU head man, Ron Prince, can land in the pros as an assistant, surely Mangino can, if he desires.

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azalum 3 years, 11 months ago

mangino in florida! ! ! on the beach! ! ! OUCH! ! ! remind me to stay away from naples! ! ! take care coach and you will be missed greatly

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TimmytheJayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

ttoulouse: Agreed on accomplishments on the field and at the buffet line!

Also had to love the joke (which I will tell now for those that haven't heard it in a while...) Did you hear Mark got lost in Kansas City after the Border War? Yeah, he pulled over at a gas station to ask for directions... Mangino rolls down the window and asks this guy, "How do I get to 435?" and the guy says, "drop 50 pounds."

Great Joke! and now not quite as funny.

Sorry for the weight jokes Mangenius! I love you and will always love you for winning the Orange Bowl. Everyone in the world knows that if you hadn't hit that losing streak you would still be part of the Jayhawk family. Lose some lbs. and get healthy dude!

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richbud 3 years, 11 months ago

Coach Mangino, I salute you! You brought us from the dung heap to the orange bowl. I hope you end up doing what you want to do on your terms. Thanks again!

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Robert Brock 3 years, 11 months ago

I hope that the Mangino family enjoys Naples. Pretty little town and great beaches. Of course, Coach will need to trim down a little before he wears his Speedo thong...

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Chris Bruning 3 years, 11 months ago

Queen_Krenda...yeah they can be removed and i apologize for the dumb comment...but whoosh, sports facts must be way over your head....

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Dyrk Dugan 3 years, 11 months ago

i feel bad as a KU fan on how everything ended...but i don't feel sorry for MM. he's had, or is still having, a nice career...where one day you're an assistant coach at a small college...and then the next you're an asst. coach at one of the all time great programs in college FB history....(OU BTW), and then you're the head coach of a major program.

and you lead to its greatest season in school history. we have a lot to thank Coach Mangino for...and i wish him well.

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Chris Bruning 3 years, 11 months ago

good job in your time here coach, but im glad to see you go....Turner Gill will be the best coach KU has ever had......

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Chris Bruning 3 years, 11 months ago

Queen Krenda.....you're not just dumb....you're dumb tech

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Matt Kenton 3 years, 11 months ago

The only thing in that last moving van that rolled out Tuesday night was Mangino himself!

Maybe Keegan thought a glaring error in the article would distract us from making comments like this.

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Ron_Kellogg 3 years, 11 months ago

Will miss him at Free State games

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ttoulouse 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for your contributions to Kansas Football Coach. You made KU relevant in many ways. The Orange Bowl will forever be a small highlight of my KU fervor and I will miss being able to say "Our Coach Can Eat Your Coach."

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Steve Brown 3 years, 11 months ago

Power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely.

you crossed the line.

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Rock_Chalk_NYC 3 years, 11 months ago

Best wishes Coach Mangino! Thanks for your tireless work at KU and in the Lawrence community.

I look forward to seeing you in coaching again soon...

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jayhawkjoe98 3 years, 11 months ago

He will blend in with the oranges down there.

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Kyle Helmer 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for the time and effort coach. No matter what happened, 2007 was the ride of a lifetime and we will always be thankful for it. Best wishes down the road.

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jhokfan 3 years, 11 months ago

Best coach we've ever had. If he so desires I believe he will be a D1 coach again. I wish him the best.

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Kevin Studer 3 years, 11 months ago

Were Mangino's kids in school or something? Because if I was fired like that, I wouldn't hang around in Lawrence for several more months!

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Chris1955 3 years, 11 months ago

Mark Mangino or manatee? Now somebody provide the question.

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ldjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Mr K calls the issue of the day lads.

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DutchMo 3 years, 11 months ago

Man, I've been wandering where this guy is! Moving to Florida I guess LOL!

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Jeffery Barrett 3 years, 11 months ago

You see, Keegan is such a "giant" in the ljw that no one DARES proofread HIS articles!

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supermario15 3 years, 11 months ago

Texas Tech?!?!?!WTF WE BEAT VIRGINIA TECH

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Jeffery Barrett 3 years, 11 months ago

Both wrong. Everyone but Keegan and Queen_Krenda knows who it was.

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Queen_Krenda 3 years, 11 months ago

Texas Tech???????? We beat Virginia in the Orange Bowl.

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Jeffery Barrett 3 years, 11 months ago

Not one comment? Nothing? Anyone? You mean no one has ANYTHING to say? jaybate? 100? Oakville? HELLLLLOOOOOO?!!!! whoa............. Am I the only one here???

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