Saturday, November 8, 2014

KU football notebook: Bowen, Mangino share postgame moment

Kansas interim head football coach Clint Bowen is congratulated by former KU head coach Mark Mangino, the offensive coordinator for Iowa State following the Jayhawks' 34-14 win over the Cyclones on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

Kansas interim head football coach Clint Bowen is congratulated by former KU head coach Mark Mangino, the offensive coordinator for Iowa State following the Jayhawks' 34-14 win over the Cyclones on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.


The Kansas University football team was not a very gracious host in welcoming former KU head coach and current Iowa State offensive coordinator Mark Mangino back to Lawrence for the first time since his ugly departure following the 2009 season.

During a 34-14 victory at Memorial Stadium, the Kansas defense forced Mangino's ISU offense into three-and-outs on four of its first five possessions and surrendered just 89 yards and four first downs during a first half dominated by the Jayhawks.

After the game, Bowen did his best to soften the blow by expressing how much Saturday's reunion with his old boss meant to him.

“You know, his message was just, 'Congratulations on the win,'” Bowen said when asked about his postgame exchange with the man he spent seven years working under from 2002-09. “And it's probably more my message to him, that I truly appreciate everything he's always done for me for a long time, personally, professionally. He's had a huge impact on my career. There's so many things that I've done in the last four weeks that I learned from Coach Mangino. The guy is a tireless worker, put his heart and soul into this program, and I think anyone that's a Kansas fan should appreciate that.”

Celebration city

As has been the custom around Lawrence for years — particularly lately with victories being tougher and tougher to come by — hundreds of KU fans stormed the field to celebrate Saturday's win and then proceeded to tear down the goal post in the south end zone and march the pieces to Potter Lake up the hill.

“Any time you can share an experience like that with the student section and give them a reason to come to the game is pretty exciting,” senior tight end Jimmay Mundine said. “And the locker room was crazy. We went out and did what we expected to do and that's why we were celebrating how we were. There's so many times when we've let ourselves down and tonight we actually went out and executed on all cylinders.”

Richardson sits

ISU quarterback Sam Richardson entered Saturday's game as one of eight players in the nation leading his team in rushing and passing. It certainly did not hurt KU's chances, then, when Richardson was seen in sweats on the sideline during pregame warm-ups.

Bowen said he had heard the rumors that Richardson might not play, but said KU did not change its preparation much because of it.

“I thought he was going to play,” Bowen said. “But there's not a tremendous amount of difference between the two quarterbacks.”

Grant Rohach started in Richardson's place and finished 25-of-50 passing for 275 yards, two touchdowns, one interceptions and four sacks.

Stowers, Mann, Neal held out

Injured Jayhawks Keon Stowers, De'Andre Mann and Derrick Neal did not play in Saturday's victory.

Bowen had said the team hoped to have Mann and Stowers back in time for the game, but neither suited up. Stowers did, however, play a part. He was one of a few Jayhawks who helped organize the Gatorade bath given to Bowen as the final seconds ticked away.

Of the bath, Bowen said: “You know, I've always seen those. They're a lot colder than you think. Honestly about the greatest feeling of my life as this coaching thing goes.”

Impressive improvements

The Jayhawks filled up the stat sheet with several solid numbers, but three areas in which the team has struggled all season jumped out above all others.

KU converted 11 of 20 (55 percent) third-down chances, a significant notch above their 33-percent total entering the game, and also finished 6-for-6 in the red zone. KU was just 13-for-19 in red zone trips all season. In addition, Kansas dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 37:33 compared with just 22:27 for ISU.

This and that...

The Jayhawks lost Saturday’s opening coin toss and chose to receive the opening kickoff after ISU elected to defer its choice to the second half.... Saturday's victory snapped a five-game losing streak this season and an eight-game Big 12 Conference losing streak.... Improved Kansas to 3-2 at home this season.... The Jayhawks did not punt in the first quarter for the first time since a Nov. 17, 2012 loss against Iowa State.... Temperature at kickoff was 53 degrees, under sunny skies with 20 mph winds out of the northwest.


Bryce Landon 6 years, 3 months ago

Mangino was a class act to Bowen following the game. That said, I don't think bringing back Mangino would be the right move, nor do I think making Bowen the permanent HC would be the best move either.

Brian Wilson 6 years, 3 months ago

I disagree Bryce. Bowen deserves a shot. We should give him a 2 year low cost contract with incentives. And if he does well its a win-win. Bowen bleeds blue!

Your plan would get us some high paid proven commodity who will just move on if successful and who really doesn't give a d### about KU. If that's what you want then please give your comments and support to some other program. We really don't need any more coaches like that even if they are good. Even if you get a good coach, when he leaves in a few years it will destroy the program and we will be back where we started. Just think about it. What percentage of programs don't go down hill after losing a good coach. A good example is KSU and the dilemma they are in with coach Snyder. When he stepped down things went downhill quick. But when he came back..... because he bleeds purple..... the program came back.

So give Bowen a chance and if he turns out we may have a good coach for years to come. Also, we can buy a dozen Masons or Weis' or whoever two years from now.

Ray Winger 6 years, 3 months ago

Would make announcement after the thorough search. Zenger will get a wealth of info regarding where KU Football stands, after the search. And not 'low cost', pay HCCB the going rate.

Greg Ledom 6 years, 3 months ago

This is funny on so many levels. First that you give a crap about what someone responded with and you don't even know them, two, that anyone cares whether you toe the line or not (I sure don't), and third, your use of the term 'asswipe'. Now that is funny....I've said it multiple times, don't forget to consider what's right under your nose. Go ahead BL, take a look, hey that looks like Bowen!

John Randall 6 years, 3 months ago

With a record of 3 fired coaches in 5 years, you propose we go for 4 in 7? How the hell could anyone bring in any recruits with offers from other big5 teams?

Dirk Medema 6 years, 3 months ago

Fortunately, Dr Z has seen well managed football programs, and won't be swayed by a nice victory against a bad football team. Being better than the worst team in the league shouldn't be the goal. In spite of the victory, there were still several blatant examples of bad game management. Maybe Bowen can be successful here, but I'm not convinced that he can turn the program into a consistent winner.

Previous coaches have used KU as a springboard to schools committed to football, when they have proven at KU that they could be successful. Fortunately, we now have an AD that is committed to football and the entire athletic program. No coaches have left for greener pastures since KU developed the current commitment to football.

W Keith Swinehart II 6 years, 3 months ago

I agree that Denver's commitment to football is key. We haven't had that.Commitment is imperative! And, some patience.

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

The last four coaches at KU have not been fired.

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

Check your math. One of those was not fired...

Al Martin 6 years, 3 months ago

Joe, I'm more with you than against you on this topic, but sticking with this technicality isn't helping your argument. He didn't leave of his own volition; KU paid his buyout. It was a negotiated firing.

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

He would have been fired, sure. But Brett often builds conclusions on shoestrings of information. Just wanted to point out to him that sometimes his strings are mismatched.

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

"...(Mangino) is a tireless worker, put his heart and soul into this program, and I think anyone that's a Kansas fan should appreciate that."

--Coach Bowen

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

I am too. But all the same, it was good to see him inside of Memorial.

Al Martin 6 years, 3 months ago

I agree, and it did look wrong that he wasn't in blue.

Gerry Butler 6 years, 3 months ago

I think bowen definitely deserves the shot at being HC permanent. he is crimson and blue total. he eats, sleeps, and breathes KU football. he is young, energetic,and a gut full of fire. NO ONE more dedicated to a program. even though this was the 1st win have seen improvement from the 1st game he took over, and a BIG THING I'm continually hearing is from the PLAYERS, how they love coach bowen, how he bleeds KU, how they love playing for him. that in itself means a lot. players talking about his dedication to KU I personally think you would have a hard time finding an outside sourcethat would work harder on the recruiting trail. I think his positives far outweigh the negatives from one of our own. he knows what its like here. grew up here, went to school here, coached here. the players want to work hard and win for this guy, why we want to look any futher then when its in our own back yard. Don't make a 4th mistake like the others cost us to put us where we are now. 1st mistake. firing maningo, 2nd hiring the idiot Gill, 3rd hiring Weiss we don't need a 4th.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 3 months ago

Bleeding crimson and blue does not make you qualified to be a head coach. Mark Mangino had no ties to KU prior to his hiring, and he is still well-loved by many KU fans to this day. He might still be here today if he hadn't been such an ass to the wrong people and if Lew Perkins hadn't been such a weasel in dealing with him.

Al Martin 6 years, 3 months ago

That last sentence may be the tightest, most accurate statement I have ever read of Mangino's KU demise. Well done.

Andrew Washington 6 years, 3 months ago

At least we're seeing some improvement with Bowen

Bud Stagg 6 years, 3 months ago

I would love to see Bowen as head coach. I'm just concerned that he may not be ready. I'd love to see him get some experience under a winning program and then come back. He has spent his entire career in a losing program with very few winning seasons (KU).

Jim Stauffer 6 years, 3 months ago

Joe, You say the last 4 coaches at KU have not been fired? Count with me, Weis, Gill, Mangino and Allen. 1,2,3,4. Easy if you take it one step at a time.

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