Archive for Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Investigation under way

Football review involves personnel matter

KU football coach Mark Mangino fielded questions about a recent meeting between football players and Athletic Director Lew Perkins at his weekly Tuesday press conference at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

KU football coach Mark Mangino fielded questions about a recent meeting between football players and Athletic Director Lew Perkins at his weekly Tuesday press conference at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

November 18, 2009


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Mark Mangino spent about 10 minutes discussing an investigation the athletic department is conducting, as well as the upcoming game against Texas.

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Reesing discusses Mangino investigation

Senior quarterback Todd Reesing provided more information about the investigation that is underway of KU football coach Mark Mangino.

The Kansas University football program and its coach soon will be under review.

KU confirmed Tuesday that it had launched an internal investigation concerning football coach Mark Mangino, an action the Journal-World has learned was prompted by the concerns of a current player and others with ties to the program.

During a Monday night meeting that included Athletic Director Lew Perkins and members of the football team — but not Mangino — Perkins informed players that the investigation would be handled by an unbiased source, KU quarterback Todd Reesing said Tuesday. Lori Williams, associate athletic director/risk management, has been selected to lead the investigation.

“I can confirm an internal review is under way,” Perkins said in a quote released by the school Tuesday. “It involves a personnel matter and, as a result, is confidential. It would be inappropriate for me to provide further information right now.”

The meeting, first reported by the Journal-World, was sparked when Mangino allegedly poked KU senior linebacker Arist Wright in the chest several weeks ago, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Wright later went to Perkins with concerns about the coach.

During his weekly meeting with the media Tuesday, Mangino said he’d had a 10- to 15-minute meeting with Perkins, though he declined to give specifics.

A university spokesperson, meanwhile, said there’s no timetable as to the conclusion of the investigation.

Mangino, who took over at KU in 2002 and last fall signed a contract extension through 2012, is 50-46 overall at Kansas and just two victories shy of tying A.R. Kennedy’s school record of 52 victories from 1904-10. KU has two games remaining in the 2009 regular season — Texas on Saturday, followed by Missouri on Nov. 28.


igby 8 years, 7 months ago

If the coach had to slap this punk because of his smart A$$ mouth then so be it. The Football team should be under review. Their in trouble every week. Lou Perkins must go around to all the highs schools and picking the trash, "sucking up to them", to get them to come to KU and play football. This is nothing to be proud of as a college. The football team should be grounded and these punks should be red-shirted for the rest of the year or expelled.

Where does KU find these smart A$$ punks that they have on the football team.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 7 months ago

Now I get it. Mangino poked a football player weeks and weeks ago hmmmmmmm. The football season isn't going well soooooooo the poking issue is a means by which to dump Mangino. Whoaaaaaaaaaaa.

Is it typical for parents of college football players to complain about a football coach? Don't parents realize college football is not the same as their hometown program?

If Mangino must go due a bad season why don't the powers that be say so?

As I see it college coaching positions are short term when a school is trying to develop itself as a primo athletic program.

Hope the Mangino family has thick skin.

yankeevet 8 years, 7 months ago

Coaches have no right to slap players around; just that simple.............

KEITHMILES05 8 years, 7 months ago

Surely there is more to this than some poking in the chest of players. In fact there better be a heck alot more to make this a worthwhile thing to tear the program apart.

Tim Quest 8 years, 7 months ago


Really? The coaches find the players, genius.

Paula Kissinger 8 years, 7 months ago

Ah...the dirty laundry of the athletic association comes to light once again. But, why is it always the football program ? In all the years I've been acquainted with KU athletic members and, now, watching from the sidelines, I have witnessed just a few infractions/episodes involving basketball coaches/players...the majority of issues are with the football program.

It is no coincidence that when the basketball players commit an infraction or are involved in any way with law enforcement it becomes newspaper/television splash information while most anything involving any member of the football program flies under the radar. It speaks to me the level of integrity of Coach Self and his staff.

Did anyone besides me notice that right after the basketball/football teams incident the difference between the answers provided by Coaches Self and Mangino ? Coach Self took a stance that indicated the wrongs would be righted and if there were to be penalties for misconduct of his team they would be imposed. Coach Mangino took an almost opposite view of the incidents/ramifications. Then, from that day on, the football team has yet to win another game. Did anyone see the basketball game last night ? Karma ? God ? Fate ? You decide.

irvan moore 8 years, 7 months ago

hmmm, unbiased investigation by an associate athletic director.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

i want an investigation to find out who the wuss is that complained about being poked. i mean, c'mon-- this is the FOOTBALL team, not the lawn bowling team. geesh.

poppygirl 8 years, 7 months ago

Waaaahhhh, Waaaaaaahhhh, can't take the pain, don't play the game.

beagledog 8 years, 7 months ago

why doesn't he try picking on someone his own size. Oh, there is no one that size.

MrShades 8 years, 7 months ago

Oh, Beagle You are a BAAAD DOOOG !!! You made me spit out my Coffee

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years, 7 months ago

Igby asks "Where does KU find these smart A$$ punks that they have on the football team?"

Ask Mangino. He found them and brought them here in the first place.

jhawks22 8 years, 7 months ago

How did that make you spit out your coffee? Not really funny and the fat jokes ran their course about 5 years ago. Get a life.

beagledog 8 years, 7 months ago

Heard charlie weiss at notre dame maybe looking for work after this season. big guy--big name. Hey Lew, give him a call in a couple of weeks.

Should be an interesting mangino show at buffalo wild wings tomorrow night. good thing the basketball team has a game to take our minds off this useless football crap.

BlackVelvet 8 years, 7 months ago

If this "football player" ran whining to Perkins over being poked in the chest, I would bet he'll wet himself when Texas smacks him in the mouth! What a wuss.....this was more interesting when the rumors said Mangino had ch*ked a player (I didn't say the bad word, LJW, don't delete my post!)

Poked him in the chest? gimme a break.

gsxr600 8 years, 7 months ago

“I may have lost some people around here, but it’s not the players.”

I was just in a class talking about leadership. The teacher asked some of the football players what made Mangino a good leader. They all looked at each other, laughed, and one said, "Can we talk about Bill Self instead?" Lulz

Haiku_Cuckoo 8 years, 7 months ago

Let's put this in perspective. Right now there are thousands of men and women the same age as Arist Wright who are being shot at and attacked by a foreign enemy on a daily basis. They aren't getting any glory or signing autographs. Things are tough for them but they deal with it.

Meanwhile, this kid who is getting a free education because he plays football has the nerve to complain that he was poked in the chest.

Kudos to Mangino for keeping this crybaby in line. Maybe he should spend next football season in Afghanistan. Getting a finger in his chest would be the least of his worries there.

kusp8 8 years, 7 months ago

gsxr600 says,"I was just in a class talking about leadership. The teacher asked some of the football players what made Mangino a good leader. They all looked at each other, laughed, and one said, "Can we talk about Bill Self instead?" Lulz".

I think people gloss over these comments and just assume they're loons and don't know what they're talking about. ClEaRlY, there IS more to this story.

roggy 8 years, 7 months ago

I love reading comments from people who have absolutely no knowledge of what is going on. I don't either but I'm not about to start calling a football player a crybaby. I for one couldn't make it through one football practice at KU. Also, I feel bad for the one player that's name was written about in the article because from gossip on the street he isn't even the player that has had gotten the worst of the coach's wrath. BTW - It takes a pretty 'tough' person to sit at their computer and anonymously call people names.

reversehecht 8 years, 7 months ago

So we go from a coach who won't do anything discipline wise (Allen) to a coach who finally puts the players in their place and we have to have an inquiry about it? Hmmmm......

PigFarmer 8 years, 7 months ago

Poke in the chest, come on this is football! If this is all there is, then I would dump the player complaining.

yankeevet 8 years, 7 months ago

One incident involved a player reporting to a team meeting two hours after surgery because he was afraid of losing his scholarship.

Complaints of verbal abuse and personal attacks are common among the parents Kornacki spoke with. Many players were told to play better or go back to the ghetto where they were found.

Assistant coaches were threatened with their jobs in front of the team and as a result, a dozen have left the staff in the last four years.

Parents have also said that Mangino has bad-mouthed his own players to scouts, affecting their future chances in the NFL. For that reason, the parents wish to stay anonymous for the time being.

Overall, they said the coach has created a hostile and negative environment, and these parents and players are making sure the school is well aware of these actions, so that future players don't have to experience the same abuse.

info from channel 9 news

Brad Maestas 8 years, 7 months ago

Yes, surely there is more to this than a little poke (from a fat finger). Personal matter? Unbiased investigation? Where did all this smoke come from and why's it going up my....ah!!

jaywalker 8 years, 7 months ago

Oh dear me! A football player got poked in the chest by the mean ol' coachie woachie?! He knew it wasn't yoga class that he'd joined, right?


gsxr600 8 years, 7 months ago

More details probably to be updated by LJW later on..

If any of these are relatively recent, I doubt the players are behind him one bit.

Luke51 8 years, 7 months ago

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Caesarea 8 years, 6 months ago

Breaking news says that the Coach has resigned; too bad Dr. Wildcat doesn't work at KU, he's be long gone. What he did to students was much, much worse.

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