Archive for Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Former KU football coach Mark Mangino would be a good fit at Nebraska

Kansas head coach Mark Mangino looks up to the booth during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas head coach Mark Mangino looks up to the booth during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Arrowhead Stadium.

December 28, 2010


When ousted Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino rode his $3 million parachute out of town and moved to Naples, Fla., the general consensus was Mangino would spend the year exhaling and then get back into coaching. Well, now that the year is up, will Mangino get back in? The guess here is yes.

Offense is Mangino’s area of expertise, as evidenced by the work he did at Oklahoma, as offensive coordinator, and at Kansas, where he gave Ed Warinner a blueprint for what he wanted, then watched Todd Reesing get the most from receivers spread out all over the field.

Mangino and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops are close friends, but it’s always been Stoops’ way to hire from within when a school raids his staff for a head coach. Stoops did so when he promoted Chuck Long to OC when Mangino was hired to head KU’s football program, for example. When Stoops’ offensive coordinator, Kevin Wilson, was hired as head coach at Indiana, Stoops promoted two assistant coaches, Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell, to become co-offensive coordinators.

So where does that leave Mangino?

Speculation has centered on Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson leaving the program after the Cornhuskers’ Holiday Bowl game Thursday against Washington. Watson’s a leading candidate for the Miami of Ohio head coaching job vacated by Mike Haywood, hired by Pittsburgh.

Bo Pelini’s expertise always has been defense, and he has his brother Carl as his D-coordinator. Nebraska’s offense, though better this year under red-shirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez, hasn’t kept pace with its defense since Pelini revived the program.

Mangino-to-Nebraska makes plenty of sense. Sure, Mangino has his detractors because of his fiery nature, but his sideline demeanor calls to mind Tom Landry’s when compared to Bo Pelini’s. Sure, Mangino lost his cool, but it never resulted in his team losing its cool during games. Mangino teams routinely did a solid job of avoiding penalties. Pelini’s team was penalized 16 times for 145 yards in a 9-6 loss to Texas A&M.;

It might sound strange to some, Raimond Pendleton included, but Mangino actually might have a calming influence on Pelini.

Many believe former KU wide receivers coach Tim Beck, who coaches running backs for Pelini, will be promoted to offensive coordinator if Wilson leaves for Miami of Ohio, but don’t count out Mangino.

Look at it this way: As a Nebraska football fan, would you be more concerned with Mangino sometimes behaving like the two most famous Big Ten coaches, late greats Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler, or more excited that the guy who consistently lost recruiting battles to Nebraska, yet still managed to coach his team to 76 points against the Huskers, was coming on board to help Nebraska make a loud first step into the Big Ten?

Mangino and Pelini never worked together, but they did both work for Bob Stoops at Oklahoma. All three men grew up in the football-crazed area around the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. Mangino’s from New Castle, Pa., a 19-mile drive from Youngstown, Ohio, the hometown of Pelini and Stoops.


rgh 6 years, 10 months ago

Mangino did what was asked of him at KU. Turn a soft program into a great program. A BCS game (and win), the Insight, etc. was not exactly what KU had been use to. Lew just wanted an excuse to get rid of him and it worked.

Thanks for the fond memories of some great wins and some fun times in Miami and Tempe. Too bad the players and coaches didn't step two years ago and follow up the Insight with another great season. He was always good to the fans, students, etc. and simply a competitor. I don't think NU would allow Bo and Mark on the same sideline though.

victor_E_rojo 6 years, 10 months ago

Throw a pizza against a wall, see what sticks, and voila -- you have what passes for a column at the Lawrence Journal World

HoosierHuskerFan 6 years, 10 months ago

I've thought about Mangino as a replacement at Nebraska if Watson were to leave. I was always impressed with how he turned around the KU program and made them competitive in the Big 12. Obviously he's got immense talent as an O.C. I'd love to see what kind of scary team Nebraska could have with a combinatin of Pelini and Mangino. The A.D. and Chancellor might have a hard time keeping the two in-line, considering their tempers, but it would be a lot of fun watching the teams on the field.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 10 months ago

Mangino would be a great fit for OC at Nebraska. He puts together a tough, run-first, play action offense that would be very successful at Nebraska.

As a Husker fan, I would love to see Mangino in Lincoln.

Go Big Red!

micropterussalmoides 6 years, 10 months ago

Interesting headline....

Tom, I took the bait (off of a Husker news aggregator), and read your article. Thank you for reminding me of the superior quality of college sports coverage that we get in Lincoln and Omaha.

How long did this article take you to write? I'll set the O/U at 3.5 minutes...

In summary, blah, blah, blah Tom Landry, blah, blah, blah, Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, blah, blah, blah Youngstown Ohio, blah...

Aside from the headline this article has been written about 200 times by the bigxii beat squad in the past 3 months.

It defies all logic that you are financially compensated for this. At least you didn't get all Jenni Carlson/Mike DeArmond and start spitting and soiling yourself with self loathing masquerading as sports opinion. I will give you credit for that.

BruceWayne 6 years, 10 months ago

Keegan should have been fired when reported that bubba was the new AD.

Jrfieblv 6 years, 10 months ago

Just a couple questions: 1. What does a Kansas sports writer know about Nebraska football? 2. Who the heck is Wilson? Just another know nothing writer trying to stir the pot without any facts.

victor_E_rojo 6 years, 10 months ago

Tom Keegan would be a good fit at Bleacher Report

gccs14r 6 years, 10 months ago

No one should hire Mangino for anything until he drops 250 pounds. It's hard to take a man seriously when you know he has trouble putting on his own pants.

BigPrune 6 years, 10 months ago

Wow! The Nebraska fans sure got their panties in a bunch over this article. So tell me Nebraska fans, is there still a 1-800 mental health number for when Nebraska football loses? I remember there used to be one, seriously.

bugeeter 6 years, 10 months ago

The number was disconnected to make room for all the Jayhawk fans calling after their annual "one and done" experience in the Basketball Tourney...

beatrice 6 years, 10 months ago

I believe the KU line was switched off following the championship in 2008.

I really hate to defend bigprune, but the last time Nebraska played in the tourney was in 1998. That isn't even in this millennium!

KU has more than twice as many Final Four appearances than Nebraska has tournament appearances! Ouch. Perhaps Nebraska fans shouldn't be attempting basketball smack. They just don't have the game to back it up ,,, not even in the NIT.

victor_E_rojo 6 years, 10 months ago

BigPrune, nobody's panties are in a bunch, and there is/was no 1-800 number. So that makes you 0 for 2. Nice try -- got anything else?

BigPrune 6 years, 10 months ago

sure there was. perhaps i date myself in years since i cannot find a reference to it on the internet. i know it was a joke on late night t.v. as well :)

Mike Ford 6 years, 10 months ago

mangino would have to agree to leave the training table dinner to the players and not eat their food as punishment for screw ups.

Judgesmails 6 years, 10 months ago

The bigger question is 'who has the most clogged arteries' in this little slapfight?

Meatball Mangino Tubby Keegan or The entire neb. fanbase

....its neck and neck!!!

BoDaMan 6 years, 10 months ago

Mangino to Lincoln? There is a better chance of Tom Osborne getting drunk and jaywalking down O street than of Mangino coaching in Lincoln.

Sure, Mangino hung 76 on NU, but what happened to that head coach and defensive coordinator? Then in comes Bo and what was Mangino's record against Bo with Callahans and Cosgroves players?

0-2 in case you have a memory lapse.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 10 months ago

I disagree. Mangino is just the kind of coach that Pelini likes. Tough-minded, creative, run-oriented.

While Mangino beat bad Nebraska teams only a few times, he seemed to always have his team prepared and made it close. There were few if any runaway Nebraska victories against Mangino, and I can remember quite a few uncomfortably close games.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 10 months ago

Enough with the Mangino fat jokes. We have eyes. He's fat. We get it. No news here.

If you are going to make fun of Mangino for being fat, at least be more creative than "Meatball Mangino" and training table comments.

irvan moore 6 years, 10 months ago

i like Keegan and i like Mangino, does that make me a commie?

Scott Morgan 6 years, 10 months ago

Many of us make the mistake for instance a 3 million dollar buyout is all the x-coach takes away. He was paid big bucks for years and certainly had some tax shelters and big savings to boot. How many extras does he still own? Shoe contracts.............

Did he have enough to live in luxury forever ? If Mangino took a OC job at a major school watch out. Last time he held this position Oklahoma won it all.

Very thought provoking Keegan

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