Former KU coach Mark Mangino on Colorado's radar

Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn swung and missed on his first two coaching hires, Dan Hawkins and Jon Embree. So it’s no surprise that the first name to surface as a candidate to become Colorado’s next coach is a proven winner hungry to get back into coaching: Mark Mangino.

Bohn, a 1983 graduate of Kansas University, where he played football and baseball, knows how tough it is to build a winning football program at KU. Bohn knows his KU history well enough to know that Mangino was the first football coach to leave Kansas with a winning record since Jack Mitchell.

Colorado is in the midst of seven consecutive losing seasons. Mangino inherited a Kansas program coming off six consecutive losing seasons.

If Bohn is allowed to make the hire, nobody should be surprised if he picks Mangino.

Living in Naples, Fla., Mangino’s interest in returning to the sidelines was put on hold last season while wife Mary Jane battled breast cancer. Friends are happy to report Mary Jane is doing well and has completed treatment.

“She’s given me a directive: Go find a coaching job,” Mangino told the Oklahoman in an October interview. “So we’ll see what happens. I don’t know where it will be. Could be anywhere.”

Could be Colorado.

If Mangino lands the job, he could become quarterback Jordan Webb’s first and fourth coach. Webb redshirted one season under Mangino at Kansas, played two for Turner Gill at KU and one for Embree at CU.

Mangino’s former assistants thriving

Dave Doeren left Mangino’s staff for Wisconsin, where he worked his way up to defensive coordinator. Doeren’s in his second season as head coach at Northern Illinois, where his team is 11-1 and ranked 19th in the nation. He has a two-year record of 22-4 (1-1 vs. KU) and is in line for a BCS conference job. His name has been mentioned in speculation for the Purdue job.

Doeren’s recruiting coups at Kansas included James Holt, Kevin Kane, James McClinton, Joe Mortensen, Mike Rivera, Darrell Stuckey and Aqib Talib.

Former KU defensive coordinator Bill Young left Mangino’s staff for Miami, where he spent one year and has been at Oklahoma State since then.

Ed Warinner, offensive coordinator for Mangino, left his job as Notre Dame’s offensive line coach to join Urban Meyer’s Ohio State staff as co-offensive coordinator/O-line coach.

Ineligible for the postseason, the Buckeyes went 12-0. He’s ready for a big head-coaching job.

John Reagan is offensive coordinator for the Rice squad that upset Kansas in Memorial Stadium in September.

David Beaty knows better than just about anybody the value of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s Heisman Trophy worthiness. Beaty is the Aggies’ wide receivers coach. Brandon Blaney is a defensive assistant coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bill Miller is assistant head coach/linebackers coach at Minnesota. Je’Ney Jackson is strength and conditioning coach for Tom Crean’s top-ranked Indiana basketball team.

Louie Matsakis handles special teams and running backs and is recruiting coordinator at Youngstown State, where Tom Sims is assistant head coach/defensive line.

Chris Dawson has been Kansas State’s strength and conditioning coach since getting fired with Mangino. Dawson reportedly accepted an offer from Washington State’s Mike Leach shortly after his hiring, but quickly changed his mind and decided to stay with Bill Snyder.

Tommy Mangino is Hutchinson Community College’s offensive coordinator. He apparently inherited his father’s fiery personality and was ejected late in an early season game Hutch won, 49-12.



thekansasboy19871967 1 year, 4 months ago

after they let Mangino go,look what happen to big daddy lew.he did not last long.Name one football coach for ku that had a record like Mangino did?Name ONE?


thekansasboy19871967 1 year, 4 months ago

I blame the last three years on big daddy lew he did not like Mangino


dallashawk05 1 year, 4 months ago

In some ways Mangino will be remembered more fondly here because he was fired after 2009. He did a good job at KU, with the benefit of some good assistants, but I think the last 3 years would have been rough with him at he helm... the talent was bare when he left, and no Reesing, Briscoe, or Meier on offense.


Steve Williams 1 year, 4 months ago

A. Nice blog name,, double chin music,, i get it, he is fat.. lols,,, stay classy keegs..(psst look at your profile pic, you are not exactly wasting away)

B. Are you really citing the same page who had Kevin Sumlin going to Arkansas.

Man i wish i had your job, got a press pass to all sorts of events to just vomit garbage all over the best Ku page, you make Jason Whitlock look like howard Cosell


1 year, 4 months ago

Mangino's former Assistant Strength Coach and former player, Joe Vaughn, is a Strength Training Coach for the Tampa Bay Buchaneers.


notjustbread 1 year, 4 months ago

I know the AD at CU is a Jayhawk, but why does their football program accept taking our leftovers?


Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 4 months ago

I like it.

I'd like it even more if he had never left KU.

But CU should explore that option.


Dyrk Dugan 1 year, 4 months ago

i've said all along that Dave Doeren should be our next head coach. whether or not he was ready last year, i don't know....but obviously our AD didn't...and we have to trust him.

that being said, we'll be taking a chance if he goes more than one or two years, and isn't hired on as a head coach. HCCW has said in the past, that he doesn't intend to be at KU more than five, we need to have our next coach in mind. now, if that's changed, then that's a bit of news.

if Doeren isn't hired this year by a Big 10 school or somewhere else, then we probably should hire him next year as the coach designate. make him associate head coach...since we don't have an o-coordinator there is a spot for him...and when Weis says enough is enough, he takes over.

it would help in our recruiting andthe future would be secured. Doeren will only turn 41 in a few days...he grew up in Kansas City, has already recruited very good football players to he knows how to do it. and then working with Coach Weis, would only help his overall knowledge of the game and his career. it's a win-win for sure.

Mangino to CU? that would be fun....i don't think they could go wrong with that. I think Mark is a born coach....he's old school...but i think he' s probably itching to get back in.


Jonathan Allison 1 year, 4 months ago

I highly doubt that CU (or any other major football program) will hire Mangino as Head Coach. It is a huge gamble to hire a coach who was fired under allegations of player abuse/mistreatment. Look at the Mike Leach fiasco at WSU. Granted the end is not yet written for Leach, but whether true or fictional, it is not easy for a head coach to shake a bad reputation. Recruits will take notice. Will they want to play for a coach who has a reputation for having bad relationships with his staff and players? Can the administration trust a coach that was fired amidst allegations of abuse?

It's an enormous risk, and big business prefers low to moderate risk moves.


Noweigh 1 year, 4 months ago

mangino would be a great hire for them, just like he was for KU. Great lineage, no BS, knows what it takes to build a sustainable program. Did he make mistakes, yes. Was he the best pure football coaching mind in KU history? You can easily make the case that he was.


milwaukeeJAYHAWK 1 year, 4 months ago

Mangino would be a great hire. He took KU from a doormat to a respectable team.

Even if 2007 was a fluke, he still had really good years in 03, 05, 06 and 08. Let's not pretend like Mangino was just a lucky guy one 11-1 season. He had our program well-disciplined, something that fell apart under Gill and is now just getting repaired......


danmoore 1 year, 4 months ago

Mangino recruited Reesing and chose him as the starter over Meier. It's not like he walked into Mangino's office and said here I am. I think he deserves some credit.


stm62 1 year, 4 months ago

Mangino was a good coach who hired good assistants, but it also helps when a certain unsolicited quarterback comes walking in to your office.


johninkc1 1 year, 4 months ago

So far Mangino has been the best KU coach in my lifetime. Orange Bowl win and then an Insight Bowl win. We should have stood by Mangino and gotten rid of Perkins. Perkins left you may remember after the ticket scandel that he supposedly didn't know about but should have. I wish Mangino nothing but the best. He gave us a BCS Orange Bowl victory which I attended. I won't hold my breath for the next KU BCS or whatever the heck it will be called soon. I hope Weiss succeeds by the way.


Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 4 months ago

Mangino would be a great hire for CU. After all, he took our crappy KU football program and won an Orange Bowl.


Joe Joseph 1 year, 4 months ago

"Former KU coach Mark Mangino on Colorado's radar"

ZING! Another Mangino-is-fat joke!


milehighhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

"The first name to surface..." From who? Where?

Couldn't blame CU for giving Mangino a call, but absent an actual, you know, source -- seems like a little spitballing.


mikehawk 1 year, 4 months ago

The program, despite the record, seems headed in the right direction. We need players, and we need to stick with a coach and allow him a chance to build a program. I like his talk about KU. This football program building stuff takes time. We really have no choice but to stay the course and learn to be KU football fans with tradition.


KEITHMILES05 1 year, 4 months ago

Mangio won't be able to tolerate the high altitude.


Kyle Sybesma 1 year, 4 months ago

I live in Colorado and listened to sports radio today and you would think most of the conversation would be about a new coach but they want Bohn out. They don't beleive he has earned the right to hire a 3rd coach. Most beleive that CU is missing the boat on the new landscape of college football. One major obsticle Colorado schools face is that they can't sign coordinators to more than a one year contract.


Brennan Keller 1 year, 4 months ago

I really wished Zenger would have hired Doeren as our head coach.... Don't get me wrong, Weis has a great coaching staff and he has improved the state of this program, but I just do not feel that he is committed to Kansas for the long run. Having the opportunity to coach at Kansas would have been Doeren's dream job! I do believe the Weis will get this thing turned around though!


THE_REAL_DEAL_WITH_BILL_MCNEIL 1 year, 4 months ago

Mangino, Leach, Kiffin, Kelly, and Rodriguez all in the PAC? You know who would make an awesome addition to that list?



Scott Smetana 1 year, 4 months ago

The CU AD should ask Jordan Webb what he thought of Mangino.


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