Jayhawk Flashback: Mark Mangino's introductory speeches and Texas, 11/13/2004
With Big 12 Football Media Days coming up next week*, I thought we'd try something a little different for this week's Jayhawk Flashback.
* — Shameless plug time. Make sure to check out KUsports.com during the day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for coverage of the Big 12 Media Days, including a live blog, audio clips, podcasts, video and more. No one can say I'm not a company man ...
I went ahead and pulled out Mark Mangino's most famous quotes from his tenure as coach at Kansas.
The first video we'll look at is two of his introductory speeches he made after getting hired at KU in 2001.
The video is below.
Before we go any further, I want to explain the opening seconds of the video, which should once again give us some reference for how far this program has come.
The first part of the video is the attendance for the last home football game of 2001 against Wyoming. The listed attendance was 24,000.
To me, it looks like the listed attendance was off by about 8,000.
To be fair, this was a game moved to the end of the season because of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Maybe 24,000 tickets were sold for the game originally with most folks not attending.
Still, look at that crowd. Seems like a long time ago, right?
It was only eight years ago. Now, not seeing Memorial Stadium completely full is a bit of a surprise when it happens.
Some other notes:
• "From now on, I want to earn that applause from you." Honestly, the guy hasn't changed much at all, has he? It's exactly what you'd expect him to say.
• I think everyone that speaks at halftime of a KU basketball game has found that perfect way to end their speech: Just yell out "Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!"
Isn't that the best way to get a huge ovation at the end no matter what you say before the end?
• Wow, that's a young sounding Kevin Romary, isn't it?
• Say what you will about the antics of former athletic director Al Bohl, but he makes this bold statement — "What I know, I'm so very, very proud to stand in front of you right now and tell you the best we can have at Kansas is now with us. We have an outstanding football coach." — and can anyone deny now that he was absolutely right?
And now, some links:
• Our own Chuck Woodling predicted that Mangino would succeed at KU.
• KU men's basketball coach Roy Williams said he was impressed with Mangino.
Isn't that an interesting picture with Roy standing next to Mario Kinsey? Anyone heard from Kinsey lately?
• Mangino's base salary was $128,438, with incentives that could take him near $1 million. He made $141,000 as an assistant at OU.
• Mangino was asked about his weight, in case you were wondering.
"I spent so much time in the film room at OU and K-State that I forgot where the weightroom was," Mangino quipped.
• Mangino outlined his scheduling plan right away in his first press conference, saying, "I believe in the infant stages of our program we should be playing people we have a chance to compete with early on in nonconference."
• A few days earlier, Mangino had withdrawn his name as a candidate for the KU opening. Obviously, he changed his mind a couple days later.
It's interesting to see who else was being considered for the job in the above article. Bill Miller, Bill Callahan and Gary Gibbs (check out this article) should all be familiar names.
The final video is another Jayhawk Flashback first: The showing of a KU loss.
This is the infamous "BCS, dollar signs" game between KU and Texas on Nov. 13, 2004, which produced the most famous postgame press conference of Mangino's tenure.
The video of the press conference, with highlights from the game beforehand, is below*.
* — For those not wanting to wait, the press conference begins at about the 3:45 mark.
Here are some quick links from that game.
• Chuck Woodling said Mangino's blowup was to be expected. Chuck also goes into some detail about the history between Mangino and side judge Freeman Johns, who threw the controversial flag.
Here's another angle of the pass-interference call.
• I didn't remember this, but Vince Young said he and KU linebacker Nick Reid were jawing back and forth all game.
"I got the last word," Young said.
• Also, a Jesse Newell thumbs-down to Cedric Benson, who has single-handedly ruined two of my fantasy football teams.
So why do I keep drafting him?