So here I was, wondering if there has ever been a football-basketball coaching duo at Kansas any better than our current one. I can, as many of you can also, quote the basketball coaching line at KU both forward and backwards. But when I looked back at the football coaches, I realized Id heard of just a handful of them. I bet there isnt a soul on Earth who can recite even half the line without difficulty, perhaps not even the writer I hold in highest esteem, Bill Mayer. Suffice it to say that because most of them had losing records, this was a fruitless mental exercise.
So to salvage the effort that a few of my brain cells had already undertaken, I began to wonder if there is currently a better duo elsewhere in the country, and how Mangino-Self would rank against other all-time great combos. Now this is a difficult task, because few schools reach prominence in both football and basketball. You look to schools like Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, UCLA, and others. But then few of their programs reached prominence simultaneously. And are there historical duos that measure up to the standard of greatness any better than the one on campus? Rather than answer this myself, Im interested in others' thoughts...
Can anyone cite coaching combos any better than Mangino-Self?