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KU football announces additions to staff

February 14, 2005

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Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino announced the hiring of two coaches Sunday, filling all but one void left by departing assistants.

With the previously reported departures of Pat Henderson and Ed Warinner, along with Sunday's announced resignation of wide receivers coach Tyrone Dixon, Mangino had three vacancies to fill for the 2005 season. Sunday, he officially announced the hiring of John Reagan and Tim Beck to fill two of those holes.

Beck, formerly a high school coach in suburban Dallas, will coach the wide receivers, while Reagan will coach the offensive line, as he did at the Air Force Academy the past two seasons.

"John and Tim are teachers," Mangino said. "Their enthusiasm and ability to relate to our players will make them excellent additions to our staff."

Beck and Mangino crossed paths at Kansas State in 1991 and 1992, where Mangino was an assistant and Beck was a graduate assistant under Bill Snyder. Beck later went on to have assistant-coaching jobs at Illinois State and Southwest Missouri State, along with head-coaching gigs at three high schools. He'll replace Dixon, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Reagan, meanwhile, comes to KU with plenty of college coaching experience. In the past decade, he has assisted at Albany, Oklahoma State, Pennsylvania, Army, Akron, Temple and Air Force in various capacities. He was a three-year starter at center for Syracuse, which won the Fiesta Bowl in 1993 when Reagan was a senior captain.

Reagan also will serve as offensive run-game coordinator. He'll replace Warinner, who accepted a job coaching the offensive line at Illinois.

Sunday's announcement leaves just one position open -- running backs coach. Henderson earlier announced he was taking a job in the Williams Fund office at KU.

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