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KU announces Mangino’s resignation; won’t discuss amount of contract settlement

Coach, athletics reach buyout deal

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins talks with media members outside the Anderson Family Football Complex on Thursday as he answers questions regarding the resignation of head coach Mark Mangino.

Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins talks with media members outside the Anderson Family Football Complex on Thursday as he answers questions regarding the resignation of head coach Mark Mangino.

December 3, 2009, 11:55 a.m. Updated December 3, 2009, 9:30 p.m.


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Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino, whose future with the school has been the subject of much speculation over the past three weeks, resigned Thursday night.

According to a university release, Mangino and the athletic department reached an agreement on a buyout that was less than the approximately $6.6 million remaining on the coach’s contract, though athletic director Lew Perkins declined to reveal the agreed-upon sum.

“We appreciate the eight years that Mark has given to rebuilding our football program,” Perkins said. “He and I have reached a mutually satisfactory agreement that reflects the appreciation we have for his efforts on behalf of Kansas football.”

For the past two weeks, Mangino has been the subject of an internal university investigation into his treatment of players, and multiple players have come forward with allegations against the coach — including verbal and physical abuse.

As part of the coach’s agreement with the athletic department, however, the university will keep the results of the investigation confidential.

For the moment, KU offensive coordinator Clint Bowen, receivers coach David Beaty and co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Bill Miller will share interim head coaching duties.

Mangino, who took over as head coach at KU in 2002, finishes his eight-year career with a 50-48 record and led the team to arguably its best season in school history in 2007, when the Jayhawks finished 12-1 and beat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. That season, Mangino was named the national coach of the year and was given a contract extension the following summer that made him the nation’s 13th-highest paid coach at the time.

The coach’s resignation comes on the heels of a 5-7 season in which the Jayhawks — a trendy preseason pick to win a Big 12 North title — failed to gain bowl eligibility for the first time since 2004.


Tristan Moody 7 years ago

A news article telling us there's no news.....

"..this just in--there is nothing new to report."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

"Despite reports to the contrary, "

Reports from whom? The JW discussion board?

Jonathan Kealing 7 years ago


810 WHB in Kansas City and at least one Topeka TV station have reported the meeting. Think of this as a bit of rumor control.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

Thanks, Jonathan. No wonder I hadn't heard them.

Steve Miller 7 years ago

WGAS, get rid of him and move on ./

supertrampofkansas 7 years ago

Ah ha! Hillbilly jim has just been outed...he is that nerdy guy with glasses that you see on the Verizon commercials!

BigAl 7 years ago

Thanks Jonathon. I also heard this on 810. Thanks to the LJW for checking up on this and keeping us informed.

BigDog 7 years ago

I know it's a joke but Notre Dame won't take him .... they just fired a coach who had a great offense but no defense .... and his players came out and publicly supported him

rgh 7 years ago

That's great Perkins. Just keep letting things slide and leaving the current kids and kids being recruited out on a limb. We won't get any really good kids to come until this matter is settled NOW one way or the other.

Let's get it done or let's move forward for the players sake already!!

garyr 7 years ago

Pink, quit trying to convince people w/ all of your crazy talk. You speak nothing close to the truth. From my insiders. If I could release their names, I would, but they must remain anonymous if they want to keep their jobs and the inside track on sporting news.

Brian Kelly = Notre Dame Turner Gill = KU Mangino = Cincinnatti

There you go, have a nice day!

seth5792 7 years ago

Mister Pink

My brother's uncle's best friend's roomate told me your full of crap

gsxr600 7 years ago

Why would the head coach from Texas go to KU?

BigPrune 7 years ago

810 AM - isn't that the same station that yesterday said KU Mens basketball was playing Acorn State? yes A c o r n.

yankeevet 7 years ago

They need more time too figure how they can get out of that contract; cause they dont wanna pay mangino thos bucks......

ksdivakat 7 years ago

And this just in: All this is pure speculation, there has been nothing even remotely close to anything being said that has come out officially. Im gonna wait and see what transpires.

Phil Minkin 7 years ago

Mangino: Disproving the phrase "Too big to fail"!

Dan Matthews 7 years ago

KMBZ 980 said there would be a news conference at 4:00 a mere 15 minutes ago....

bigdave 7 years ago

sierraclub (Anonymous) says…

I heard that Mangino is going to be in charge of the new homeless shelter. Imagine this, if he makes all of the homeless people mad and they leave, what would we do in Lawrence?

Be happier then hell!!!!!!

Dan Matthews 7 years ago

If Coach Mangino slaps a player in the forest, does anyone hear the player scream?

MarchSadness 7 years ago

been listening to 610 all day at work and they are NOT reporting that there is a 4pm news conference.

Uhjh 7 years ago

This is turning into a total fiasco. The AD needs to get this over to mitigate the damage to the KU program. Now it going be a long rebuilt but to let this go any longer the hope for a 3 to 4 year rebuilt will be increased. This is not how you take football to the next level - a stated goal. Delay of the obvious just serves to exacerbate the debacle.

JustNoticed 7 years ago

Mangino makes possible the best Joe College shirt ever: OUR COACH CAN EAT YOUR COACH. I will miss that; couldn't care less about anything else KU.

Shortcircuit 7 years ago

Joe College should make a shirt that says "Our coach is so good he can even beat his own team"

booze_buds_03 7 years ago

KCTV is reporting a players meeting and Lew Perkins is present. They are broadcasting live from the football compex right now. We will see.

alfie 7 years ago

Lew Perkins is in the building, news pending

booze_buds_03 7 years ago

He has been fired ESPN is reporting.

heybluekc 7 years ago


Turner Gill Sucks, we can not pray ourselves to winning the Big 12.


Turner Gill Sucks, we can not pray ourselves to winning the Big 12.

If you dont know what I am talking about then you have no idea whats going on in the University of Buffalo

heybluekc 6 years, 8 months ago

Boy looking back on this one I was a bitterman. I think Turner Gill is going to be Awesome!

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