Big news dominates Big 12 on Monday


Monday marked a day full of big news for the Big 12 Conference, which learned about a key injury to one of the conference's best players, heard a head coach laugh at the mention that he's a candidate for another high-profile job that came open suddenly and saw the dismissal, at another school, of a former consensus coach of the year.

Here's the scoop:

Baylor learned over the weekend that starting quarterback Seth Russell, who was putting together a masterful season, would miss the rest of the Bears' run toward a berth in the College Football Playoff because of damage to the cervical vertebra in his neck. Russell will have surgery in the near future and recovery time is expected to be in the six-month range.

The injury leaves the Bears with true freshman Jarrett Stidham under center, but that might not be as scary as it sounds. Stidham has played in every game this season and completed 85.7 percent of his passes for 331 yards and six touchdowns. As you might expect, he was a five-star recruit, and KU coach David Beaty remembered recruiting him to Texas A&M before he took the job at Kansas.

"Jarrett and (A&M freshman) Kyler Murray were two of the best high school quarterback evaluations I've ever seen," Beaty said. "Both of those kids, we've seen throw since they were young guys, and this kid, Stidham, from a fundamental standpoint and a quarterback mechanics standpoint, man, he's as good as I've seen. He's very efficient, I love his motion and the guy makes great decisions. You can tell he's a bright kid. Baylor is in really good hands."

• Speaking of Kansas head coaches, one former KU boss got his walking papers on Monday, when it was revealed that Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads had fired offensive coordinator Mark Mangino in his second year with the Cyclones. Mangino's firing, which Rhoads said was the result of the two not being able to "get on the same page on a couple of important items," created an abrupt end to Mangino's return to the Big 12.

"We tried to talk that through again this morning in an effort to get us moving in a different direction," Rhoads said during a news conference. "In the end, Mark was not interested in that. I wish that wasn't the case, but I respect and understand his conviction."

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, citing sources, reported that the differences between Rhoads and Mangino had been building for some time over play selection and personnel usage, and that the parting wasn't related to a single or isolated incident.

It will be interesting to see where Mangino lands from here, but don't expect it to be at Kansas in any capacity. If KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger had any interest in bringing Mangino back to Lawrence — even in a supporting role — he has had a couple of opportunities in the recent past to do it and passed both times.

• Isn't it funny how quickly things can turn. Just a few weeks after feeling his seat catch fire, Texas coach Charlie Strong is now laughing off rumors of his name being tossed around as the replacement for Al Golden at the University of Miami, Florida. Golden was fired this week, creating the opening, and Strong, whose Longhorns have won back-to-back games — including a huge upset over Red River rival Oklahoma — after starting the season losing four of five, suddenly looks like he has things rolling in Austin. If that's the case, you can bet the second-year UT coach is going to stay right there. "I have the best job in the country," Strong said on Monday morning's teleconference.


Brett McCabe 6 years ago

So, I've written this already a 100 times. In Memorial, last year, Mangino continued to challenge Jacorey with ISU's big, slow wideout. Net result? Not much. I kept saying to my wife "Why does he keep throwing at Jacorey. That sh*t ain't working".

I can't decide if he was trying to highlight Jacorey, or simply trying to lose the game on purpose, or if it was just Mangino being Mangino.

Somewhere along the line, this guy's ego got bigger than his waist line. It's not the fault of the dipdiots who post on here regularly about the Almighty Mangino, but I don't think that all of the adulation really helped. He took it all in like a Muncher's Cream Cheese, and just kept taking.

There's a reason he got fired at KU. There's a reason that he just got fired again. And it's not because he is one of the all-time great coaches. His resume really isn't much better than Mason's, but you'd think that he was next coming of Jim Harbaugh around here. Don't set the bar at KU by comparing coaches to Weis and Gill. We are better than that.

Dale Rogers 6 years ago

And people tend to forget Mangino's string of losses at Kansas to end his final season. All they remember is the Orange Bowl win. As for his ego, I am only a spectator but I thought that ego was huge back when he was HC at KU. But that's jut my opinion based on what observations I was able to pull together.

John Boyle 6 years ago

All Head Coaches have huge egos. Some are just better at masking it than others. Mangino would be well served to learn from the ones that can "put on" a humble face. In the words of the immortal Dennis Miller "That's just my opinion, I could be wrong."

Joe Ross 6 years ago

Dale, please recount (timewise) the events in Mangino's final season that led to his resignation and superimpose that chronologically on the string of losses. Then make a salient argument that one had nothing to do with the other.

People dont forget the losses. What some do forget are the distractions that happened off the field.

Doug Cramer 6 years ago

Rhoads is a terrible leader.

He gave Mangino an assignment, but forgot to the get the hell out of the way.

Stoops did, and reaped the rewards of a national championship.

Brett - Did you have a bad encounter with Mangino or something ? It seems like you don't appreciate having a competitive football program.

Brett McCabe 6 years ago

Loved the Glen Mason years and liked the highlights that Todd Reesing created for us. I never respected Mangino after he went after the officials in his kid's high school game. Pretty much tells you everything you need to know.

Here's a comparison you might be able to understand: I listened to commentators talking about Johnny Manziel's attitude and behavior. The best point of the discussion: Name me a top-flight quarterback in the the past 15 years who carries himself like Manziel. Brady, Rogers, Manning, Flaco, Wilson? None of the above? me another successful head coach who went after officials at a high school game, is morbidly obese or who has gotten fired twice basically due to insubordination.

You need to show Todd Reesing more love and Mangino less. Mangino is an afterthought at KU without Reesing, a player who Mangino couldn't even identify as his top quarterback.

All I can say is thank goodness it's over. No more Mangino in the news means that, perhaps, you guys can give it a rest. It's over. It' finished.

David A. Smith 6 years ago

You realize, of course, that he was morbidly obese when KU won the Orange Bowl? And, you realize that he just lost his job at a much lighter weight? So, remind me again about what his weight has to do with anything....

Jim Stauffer 6 years ago

Let's not forget he was fired by a coach with one winning season in 7 and that was with another man's recruits. Mangino knows twice as much about personnel and offense as Rhoads. And this is coming from someone who has no real affinity to Mark. I think he benefitted from the perfect storm in TR and KM and company and sat on it instead of building on it.

He has his deficiencies but Paul Rhoads is not the man to correct them.

Joe Ross 6 years ago

He has his deficiencies but Paul Rhoads is not the man to correct them.

Post of the day.

Brett McCabe 6 years ago

Sounds like all Mangino needs is a head coaching job without a boss. Then, and only then, can the magnificent Mangino truly display his superiority over all others.

The rest of us? Well, we have to learn how to function in the real world.

Brett McCabe 6 years ago

Got it. So, if you are the mighty Mark Mangino, you get to do what you want, when you want and how you want it? Was Mangino aware that he wasn't hired as the head coach? Is he familiar with the reporting structure of a coaching staff? Was he aware of who Paul Rhoads was?

Man, when it comes to rationalizations, you, Doug and Joe are top-notch.

Paul Rhoads should be fired for hiring Mangino. Anybody should have known that he's got a bad attitude.

Jeff Coffman 6 years ago

2007 Coach of the Year (every news group including the AP/ESPN, etc.) 2000 Assistant Coach of the Year (while at OU) 4 bowl games while at Kansas going 3-1...KU has gone to 12 bowl games in its history with a record of 6-6. Of the three appearances in the Orange Bowl, his is the only one that won. Winning Record at KU, and the Big 12 was great during the years he coached.

I guess I don't get why every time there is an article amount Coach Mangino, every one has to point out his flaws. I guess, personally I don't think it is good to measure a person by all of their worse times, but focus on their goods things. This elevates their overall perspective.

Brett McCabe 6 years ago

Assistant coach of the year? Now there is an award to put on your mantle!

Erich Hartmann 5 years, 12 months ago

In retrospect, 2007 year, ending with the Orange Bowl, seemed to be a "perfect storm" (healthy and experienced Reesing, Meier, the defense, and playing the B12 schedule that did not have OU or TX if I recall correctly?). Because the next season, the wheels fell off, Reesing had a pulled groin, and a KU linebacker didn't like getting pointed at in the chest.

And, Mangino had an ego quadruple the size of Bill Self's.

We also should throw in Lew's little game, that ended up with Mangino fired, and Gill hired...

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