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Thursday, February 12, 2009

KU football promotes Warinner, Blaney

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Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino promoted two members of his staff Thursday, six weeks after the Jayhawks finished the 2008 season 8-5 and beat Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.

Ed Warinner, who already held the titles of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, is now the team's associate head coach, as well, while recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Brandon Blaney will add assistant offensive line coach to his list of duties.

“Ed and Brandon are very deserving of these promotions,” Mangino said. “They will continue to have a positive impact on our offense with their expanded responsibilities.”

In just two seasons as the team's offensive coordinator, Warinner has helped establish Kansas' offensive attack as one of the nation's best. Last season, the Jayhawks finished among the top 25 nationally in passing (eighth overall with 305.6 yards per game), total offense (21st, 432.4 yards per game) and scoring (22nd, 33.4 points per game), and in 2007, KU was second in the nation in scoring with 42.8 points per game and eighth in total offense with 479.8 yards per game.

Blaney, meanwhile, who helped develop eventual NFL draft pick and current Buffalo Bills tight end Derek Fine during his time in Lawrence, will now assist primary offensive line coach John Reagan.

Kansas will begin spring practice on March 9 and will hold its annual Spring Game on April 11, although kickoff time has yet to be announced.

Comments

rgreene 13 years, 10 months ago

Wonder how long it'll be until Warinner is named the 'next in line' after Mangino? So many other programs around the country seem to be taking that approach -- Texas, Maryland, Florida State, etc ... -- Maybe that's why Warinner's stuck around?

Drew Bender 13 years, 10 months ago

How old is Mangino? Im sure he still has quite a few years left coaching... Just curious

easyfive 13 years, 10 months ago

I thought Marks son would be a good ideal. Mark should show his son the ropes and have him take over Head Man after Mark retired...

NewtonJHawk 13 years, 10 months ago

Holy moving screens batman! Great promotion

Hawkish4bigM 13 years, 10 months ago

Good move. Keep W around as long as possible.

homewood 13 years, 10 months ago

I wonder if Warriner is being groomed. No doubt Mangino will continue to get some looks from upper echelon programs in the time to come. I'd like to win a Big12 championship before he leaves, and another BCS bowl would be nice too.

mdfraz 13 years, 10 months ago

This was important to placate some potential ambitions, especially by Warriner. When you are already the O coordinator and you are as successful as we've have been with him replacing that clows Quartaro, a lot of times your eyes are drawn toward head coach positions. Continuity in the staff is very important when you are building a program like we are.

I'd love to see us maybe extend some kind of discussion about Warriner stepping in when MM leaves, but I think that would possibly send the wrong signal. My concern about MM isn't his age so much as his health, and I think that's a very real concern. I hope I'm wrong, but a body doesn't last that long when you carry the kind of weight he does. Not criticizing the man at all, but for his sake and the sake of the program, I really hope someone can convince him to try to slim down. Just my opinion.

Dirk Medema 13 years, 10 months ago

Another perspective on the promotions is that they likely include pay raises as well. I seem to recall that the state requires all coaches and assistants be paid on the same pay scale. Is it KUAC that provides some supplement to them/some?

As for some notion about other schools being upper echelon, there is no reason that KU can't be an upper echelon school just as much as OU, UT, NU, or KU BB. We have not invested in football in the past, and it has shown. Fortunately, we have an AD that has built elite BB (M&W) and FB programs from scratch elsewhere. Fortunately, we have a lot more than nothing.

John Brown 13 years, 9 months ago

What's next for Warinner, Executive assistant associate head coach?

Steve Hilker 13 years, 9 months ago

Staff continuity is critical. When Silo Tech's football fortunes started sliding back to their roots under Snyders first stint, it was because he basically lost his entire staff to other schools. Bigger venues and more money. Success will do that. Hopefully we'll be able to handle it better than they did.

shelleysue 13 years, 9 months ago

Different subject. Has anyone noticed that the Missouri game is not part of the season ticket package? If so, your thoughts?

rasta_meta 13 years, 9 months ago

Rumor had it that Warriner was a leading candidate for the Army job after the season, but before our bowl game and Mangino had to do something to keep him from interviewing and keep him happy at KU.

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