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Kansas Football Notebook: Mangino plans to retain assistants

November 19, 2002

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A difficult football season didnâÂÂt change Mark ManginoâÂÂs opinion of his coaching staff.

âÂÂAfter the first year, weâÂÂre still learning how to work together,â Mangino, Kansas UniversityâÂÂs head coach, said Monday, two days after the Jayhawks completed a 2-10 season. âÂÂIâÂÂm not planning any changes on the coaching staff. Everybody thatâÂÂs with us hopefully will be back, but I canâÂÂt control career opportunity.âÂÂ

In other words, Mangino would like to retain his coaches, but that might not stop some of them from seeking greener pastures or listening if another program happens to call with an offer.

âÂÂLike coach Snyder said, you know whatâÂÂs best for your career and you always have to do whatâÂÂs best for your family, and thatâÂÂs what I tell our staff,â said Mangino, who worked for Kansas State coach Bill Snyder 1991-1998 before spending the next three seasons at Oklahoma on Bob Stoopsâ staff.

There had been speculation Mangino might make changes to his staff, sparked in part by the fact that offensive line coach Ken Conatser resigned two games into the season.

Mangino replaced Conatser with Brandon Blaney, the tight ends coach, and graduate assistant Rance Holt filled in with the tight ends.

âÂÂWe still have a full-time vacancy on our staff,â Mangino said. âÂÂIâÂÂm in no hurry to fill that. Everything is under control with recruiting and all that, so IâÂÂm not rushing to make that decision.âÂÂ

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Teddleton gone: Mangino said defensive lineman Brock Teddleton, who was not one the sideline during SaturdayâÂÂs season-finale against Oklahoma State, was no longer a member of the team. The junior from Coffeyville Community College was in ManginoâÂÂs doghouse early in the season and did not play in three of the first four games. He started four straight games, however, prior to SaturdayâÂÂs game. Mangino declined to elaborate on the linemanâÂÂs departure.

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Recruiting: KUâÂÂs coaches will be on the road this month as recruiting heats up prior to the Dec.1 start of the contact period, which is when in-home visits can begin. The staff will have two evaluation days this week and two next week. Kansas also will have players on campus, playing host to four recruiting weekends in the next five weeks.

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Roy on board: Mangino said KU basketball coach Roy Williams had pledged his support during those pivotal campus visits. Williams visited with recruits last winter as well.

âÂÂCoach Williams has told me heâÂÂll do whatever I ask him to do in terms of helping our program recruit,â Mangino said. âÂÂHeâÂÂs been very good. HeâÂÂs reached out to us, and heâÂÂs been very supportive of us. He would do anything we ask of him. IâÂÂm confident of that. HeâÂÂs made that clear to me.âÂÂ

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Freshmen coming: Mangino confirmed recruits Derek Fine and Kenneth Thompson would enroll at KU for second semester. Fine, a tight end from Sallisaw, Okla., participated in preseason camp, but was hospitalized after complications from a summer appendectomy and went home before the season-opener. Thompson, a defensive back from Grand Prairie, Texas, who did not qualify academically in time for the fall semester, has qualified.

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More on freshmen: Mangino said KU would petition the NCAA for medical red-shirts for freshman running back Jon Cornish and freshman defensive lineman Kyle Knighton, who played in one and three games, respectively, before suffering injuries.

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Facilities: Mangino expects to find out this week how much it would cost to move the football offices to Memorial Stadium, a construction project he said is a priority.

âÂÂIâÂÂm going to aggressively pursue that, and I think itâÂÂs something we really need to have,â said Mangino, who would like to see the facility in place for the 2004 season.

Kansas plans to open the Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center in the spring adjacent to Anshutz Pavilion. The football team would maintain a locker room in Parrott Center for players to use before and after workouts.

âÂÂEvery other activity - everything - would take place at the stadium,â said Mangino, who plans to take an active role in fund-raising for the project.

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Injury update: Mangino said injuries to quarterback Bill Whittemore (knee) and safety Zach Dyer (shoulder) would not require offseason surgery.

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