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Ex-Kansas athletic director lauds hires Pinkel, Mangino

November 21, 2007


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The epitaph for Al Bohl's reign as athletic director at Kansas University has read "The guy who held the driveway news conference and accused Roy Williams of holding him like a dove in his hand and choosing to crush him instead of set him free, and the AD who understaffed compliance."

As each Saturday passes, an eraser is being taken to that epitaph and being replaced by, "The athletic director who hired Mark Mangino to coach football at Kansas and brought back tailgating."

Hiring football coaches is Bohl's specialty.

He hired Nick Saban at Toledo, and when he left for an NFL coordinator job, Bohl hired Gary Pinkel, now coaching against Mangino in the biggest Kansas-Missouri football game in the history of the oldest college football rivalry west of the Mississippi River.

"In talking with Mark, I recognized early that he was special," Bohl said. "As Mark interviewed, just as when Nick and Gary interviewed, there are going to be very, very impressive things they say, and how they handle themselves lets you know they are organized individuals. They know what they're doing. And in the case of hiring Mark at Kansas and Gary at Toledo, you have to realize you are not hiring somebody to be the Oklahoma coach. They understood what it takes to be the underdog in recruiting battles and still win."

Bohl said that Saban, Mangino and Pinkel all shared a common trait that helped them get hired. Each man knew one side of the ball at an extremely high level, Bohl said.

"Nick Saban is a defensive genius," Bohl said. "Both Gary and Mark had been offensive coordinators, Mark at Oklahoma and Gary at the University of Washington. Anybody can look at both those teams and realize they have got some pretty special and interesting coaches. They have a unique and special understanding of the game. Both those guys have a knack for offensive football."

How else are they similar?

"Both of them are extremely well organized," Bohl said. "I would challenge you to go out to a Gary Pinkel practice or a Mark Mangino practice and not be amazed at how well organized their practices are. Everything is so well organized, so well defined. You're not going to see people standing around. Both have a tremendous work ethic. Neither one stops until they are thoroughly prepared."

What else?

"It's pretty obvious now that they both have a keen eye for quarterbacks," Bohl said, referencing KU's Todd Reesing and Missouri's Chase Daniel. "You and I could go look at (Florida quarterback) Tim Tebow and say, 'Gosh, that guy can go play college football anywhere he wants.' Mark and Gary can look at a 6-foot, 5-10 guy and say, 'This guy's a leader. This guy's got it.' Whatever 'it' is, they've got 'it' and they get it done in a game."

Any other similarities?

"Both are very strong family men, which is very important," said Bohl, who also hired Pat Hill at Fresno State.

Bohl, who resides in St. Augustine, Fla., said he would be doing a book signing in Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon for his latest novel, "Getting to Thanksgiving." He'll be home in time watch the game.

"I root for people," he said when asked which team he wants to win the game. "I'm happy for both those coaches. I'm glad they are going to be showcased in one of the most exciting games of the year."


jayhawks71 10 years, 7 months ago

Does anyone really care what Al Bohl thinks about anything KU-related? Fly dove, fly.

KU_Dude 10 years, 7 months ago

I wonder if he was standing in his driveway when he was interviewed for this article.

maxcrabb 10 years, 7 months ago

This is the second mention of Al Bohl, his book, and the fact that it was he who hired Mangino in the Journal World in about as many days.

"What else, Max?"

If Al Bohl really thought Mangino would be were he was today, he would have said so. Instead, he picked a man who he thought would at least invigorate a troubled team with little history. Now we're giving him credit for what Mangino and the boys worked hard for, an incredible season that is unmatched by KU history.

"Any last thoughts?"

How about another article highlighting possible NCAA infractions that haven't even occured yet. Or maybe a piece on how KU football is overshadowing KU basketball and hurting revenue streams. Woodling, are you listening?

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