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Longhorns roll over embattled KU

Kansas head coach Mark Mangino (right) walks off the field at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium with coaching staff member Joe Vaughn following the Jayhawks' 51-20 loss to Texas.

Kansas head coach Mark Mangino (right) walks off the field at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium with coaching staff member Joe Vaughn following the Jayhawks' 51-20 loss to Texas.

November 22, 2009

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KU football competes but falls at Texas

KU football put up a fight but was overwhelmed by a more talented Texas squad, 51-20, on Saturday night in Austin. Enlarge video

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— Mark Mangino could have used a break Saturday night.

During a week in which KU athletic director Lew Perkins announced he was launching an investigation into the behavior of the eighth-year coach — who, among other things, is alleged to have poked his finger into the chest of senior linebacker Arist Wright during a practice several weeks ago — a single piece of good news certainly would have been welcomed.

Unfortunately for Mangino — the only coach in Div. I history to be named national coach of the year and the nation’s top assistant — he didn’t get one.

The Jayhawks lost for the sixth straight time Saturday, falling 51-20 to No. 3 Texas, and with the university’s ongoing investigation growing hairier by the day, there has been widespread speculation that — depending on the outcome of assistant athletic director/risk management Lori Williams’ ongoing investigation — Mangino’s time as Kansas’ coach is nearing an end.

Still, the eight-year coach wasn’t feeling sorry for himself following Saturday’s loss.

“Let me tell you something that’s really important that’s on my mind,” he said. “I have a player — D.J. Marshall — who’s in Tulsa, Okla., in a cancer center. He just started his chemotherapy this week.

“That’s called a bad week. I’ve had a great week.”

In light of various allegations from former players involving the coach’s abusive behavior, however, “great” might be pushing it.

Still, asked whether he thought Mangino should finish out the season as the Jayhawks’ coach — the Jayhawks take on Missouri next weekend in their final opportunity to gain bowl-eligibility — senior defensive back Justin Thornton said, “I think he should stick around ’til the last of the season. I don’t think there’s sense in starting up any commotion and stuff. I honestly wish none of this came up in the middle of the season. I think it’s something that could have waited until we were done. We only had two or three games left when this whole situation came up.

“(Mangino’s) in a tough situation, (and) we’re all in a tough situation,” Thornton added. “It’s tough on all of us. It’s not just Mangino’s issue. This is a Kansas University football program issue.”

Even as the media swarmed and various developments became public this week, however, Mangino remained steadfast in his insistence that his focus hadn’t shifted from beating Texas and leading the Jayhawks to their sixth victory of the season.

And for a while Saturday, it looked like Kansas might be able to make a game of it.

Two minutes into the second quarter, the Longhorns held just a four-point lead, 7-3, and were struggling to move the ball offensively, punting on their first possession and fumbling the ball away on their third.

But then came a 38-yard touchdown pass from Texas quarterback Colt McCoy to receiver Jordan Shipley. Then came a 49-yard field goal from kicker Hunter Lawrence, and a Cody Johnson one-yard touchdown run, and before long, the Longhorns held a 24-6 lead that would never be in jeopardy.

A number of missed opportunities for KU, meanwhile, along with a much-hyped Texas defense that turned out to be as good as advertised, and at the end of the day, it was all too much for the Jayhawks to handle.

“It’s not the way we wanted things to turn out,” said KU quarterback Todd Reesing, who threw for 256 yards but failed to throw a touchdown. “We played an extremely good team today. I’m sure they’re poised to head off to the national championship.”

Mangino’s postgame walk from the field, meanwhile, took a little longer than usual Saturday night.

He spoke at length with Texas coach Mack Brown at midfield, met an awaiting McCoy for another few moments and was stopped on numerous occasions by Longhorns assistants, who were liberal with back-slaps and handshakes.

Before long, however, as players began to clear the field and the crowd began to disperse, the coach made his way slowly across the turf and through the visitors’ tunnel.

And then he was gone.

Comments

yankeevet 5 years, 1 month ago

He will be gettting a "break" soon............a long one.......

starliterambler 5 years, 1 month ago

The big guy seemed to be wearing a costume the xxxxlarge lettermans jacket and the ball cap seems to me he didnt want to be there. Especially on national tv. Its time to go. It would be an ideal job for Tuner Gill.

Iwanttosaythis 5 years, 1 month ago

turner gill lets hope people look at his record its a losing one no championships losing seasons lets hope not that would be going backwards.

Graczyk 5 years, 1 month ago

I like Turner Gill, but I don't think he's ready for a job in a BCS division yet.

Denny2009 5 years, 1 month ago

Turner Gill isn't the answer by any means. Are you kidding? You honestly think he could recruit and compete in the Big 12? He coaches University of Buffalo one of the WORST football cities in the country in my opinion. Half the fan base is canadian up there. Mid-America Conf is pretty weak.

Ace_Ventura 5 years, 1 month ago

The Kansas Football program would not be what it is today if it wasn't for Mangino. Yes, we have lost some games that we should have won this year. But thats the way things go. He poked a kid in the chest. WHOOPIE!!! Maybe that kid should grow some balls and play harder so he doesnt get "Poked in the chest" Lew needs to find something else to do. He is old and stupid. I hope it all back fires on lew. just my .02

Jerry Collins 5 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone dislike Mack Brown as much as I do?

gillettee 5 years, 1 month ago

The answer is Gary Patterson plain and simple! He could recruit from both of those states and is a BCS caliber coach and also a Kansas boy! Great way for him to put a thumping on K-state also, Turner Gill turned a dead program around just like Mangino did. KU wasn't a BCS team before Mangino and isn't now. Get Patterson in before no one wants to come here. And yes Gill being from TX could recruit from there also.

riverdrifter 5 years, 1 month ago

"The answer is Gary Patterson plain and simple!"

If only it were that plain and that simple.

I would agree on the choice but Lew would have to back a dumptruck load of cash on his front step and he's looking at having to pay $6,000,000 to unload Mangino. We'll have to see how that one shakes out before Lew goes to the Williams Funders for the $$,$$$,$$$. BTW, forget the guy at Uconn or wherever. The next guy will come from a Texas zip code. Or, he'd better...

sad_lawrencian 5 years, 1 month ago

"...And then he was gone."

It sounds like the Journal-World all but WANTS Mangino out.

Darwin 5 years, 1 month ago

I have no use for Mangino and hope they fire him. He is by no means a people person and this is a needed trait by anyone representing KU. We need someone with the personality of Bill Self who can coach football. Magino is plain and simple a bully and definitely has issues. Football is a contact sport and if you're afraid of getting hit, then you should not play. This is something expected on the field, in the game and in practice. However, I don't feel it is something that should be expected from a coach. Jabbing someone in the chest is not what I would call positive reinforcement. Regardless of my thoughts on Mangino, I think he should be allowed to finish the season. What KU did to Terry Allen was not appropriate and no coach deserves this regardless of their job being on the line. Another thing...let's do away with tail-gating at KU for a year or two and see just how many come to the games.

Kevin Randell 5 years, 1 month ago

How about this? TCU's coach? He is use to recruiting in Texas....he HAS beaten OU in the recent past and..... wait for it....... He has his team in the National Championship race. Besides.... he deserves to be in a BCS school. :)

Look, like I said in earlier posts.... "good" coaches do not lose 6 games in a row...PERIOD!!! It's time for a change....

starliterambler 5 years, 1 month ago

Tuner Gill is the answer. He is from Fort Worth played at Neb. was the recruting cordinator offensive cordinator He knows the Big 12. Looks like he could still run the option. He be a perfect fit.

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