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Mangino named AP National Coach of the Year

December 19, 2007

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Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino brought in another lunker of an award.

The Associated Press today named Mangino the national coach of the year, after the Jayhawks shocked college football by going 11-1 and earning an invitation to the Orange Bowl.

It's another big honor for what's becoming a big pile in the trophy room. Mangino already this month was named national coach of the year by ESPN and The Sporting News, and has won the Walter Camp Award and Woody Hayes National Coach of the Year award.

"Head coaches get far too much credit for winning, and far too much blame for losing," Mangino said last week of all the national attention he's received. "I'm taking it all in stride. I appreciate it, I'm thankful for it, but it really reflects the entire program. I couldn't do it alone, and I don't have the ability or talent to do it alone."

Mangino is in his sixth year as KU's head coach, with a career mark of 36-36. After signing a new contract in the summer of 2006 that paid him $1.5 million annually, the Jayhawks had a disappointing 6-6 season, raising questions about Mangino's job security.

Well, it's secure now. He's believed to be the first KU coach ever to win AP national coach-of-the-year honors, and will collect a $50,000 bonus - written into his contract - for winning the award.

"To be quite honest with you, I appreciate the awards that have been given to me. I'm humbled by it," Mangino said. "I'm not a smart guy � but I'm smart enough to figure out that it has to do with the players. I'm coaching the same way in 2007 that I did in 2002. We were 2-10 (in '02).

"You get the right kids, you get good assistant coaches that care about the kids, that care about winning, that are good teachers? Then you're going to win."

For more on Mangino winning the AP national coach of the year award, stay logged on to KUSports.com or pick up a copy of Thursday's Journal-World.

Comments

Ralph Reed 7 years ago

Excellent! Congratulations to you, your staff and the entire team.

TheYetiSpeaks 7 years ago

And with each additional award...more humility. Good for you, coach! You and your staff deserve it.

K_dub 7 years ago

I've been very impressed with the way the Jayhawk's football team has handled their success this year. Very humble and professional. Congratulations to Mangino and the entire squad for a very fun year, I've enjoyed watching this team play. Good luck at the Orange Bowl!

CindiCat 7 years ago

Congrats Coach!!

K_dub said it all......I can only add an "Amen" to that!!

simplykristib 7 years ago

Way to go, Coach Mangino! :) Congrats! :)

oldvet 7 years ago

We love you, Coach! And we'll see you in Miami!!!

Dani Davey 7 years ago

Yay for Coach Mangino! See you in Miami!!

MUKUOUFan 7 years ago

A well-deserved honor, congrats to Coach Mangino.

artwhore 7 years ago

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Dean Royal 7 years ago

Well done! A tremendous year continues for the KU Football program and athletes. Looking forward to watching in Florida. Go 'Hawks!

Linda Aikins 7 years ago

Congratulations to all of you! See you in Mi-ami!!

joshos 7 years ago

Where on earth do you get a headset that big? It appears as if it is going to morph into part of his head.

chapdaddy 7 years ago

Loo? Al Bohl hired this guy. And then was squashed like a dove.

Mangino, go have a steak, or 3, and celebrate!

ROCK CHALK! C U IN MIAMI!

EXks 7 years ago

Damn, I wish coach M would have been around when I was at KU! Congrats coach for a great year!

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