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Mark Mangino leaves Lawrence, moves to Florida

Kansas head coach Mark Mangino walks off the field following the Jayhawks' 41-39 loss to Missouri, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas head coach Mark Mangino walks off the field following the Jayhawks' 41-39 loss to Missouri, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.

May 21, 2010

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The last of the moving vans wheeled off the premises Tuesday night of the Lawrence home of Mark and Mary Jane Mangino, according to friends and neighbors of the couple.

Mark, Mary Jane and the couple’s feisty dog Yogi on Wednesday began their drive toward a home the couple purchased in Naples, Fla. Their Lawrence home remains on the market.

Mangino, 53, resigned under pressure on Dec. 3 after eight seasons as Kansas University football coach. Since that time, Mangino kept an extremely low profile, did not have any contact with the media, and quietly did volunteer work at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

Friends speculated that if Mangino, who was sent packing with a $3 million parachute, lands another coaching job the couple will keep the Naples property as a second home.

The highlight of Mangino’s tenure came in his sixth season, when he coached Kansas to a 12-1 record and an Orange Bowl victory against Virginia Tech. The low point came in his final weeks, when Kansas lost its final seven games and the athletic department launched an investigation into allegations of excessively harsh treatment of his players. The investigation led to former players coming out in favor of and against the coach.

Mangino, who came to Kansas from Oklahoma, where as Bob Stoops’ offensive coordinator he had gained a reputation as an accomplished recruiter and innovative offensive mind, compiled a 50-48 record. That made him the first Kansas football coach with a winning record since Jack Mitchell (44-42-5, 1958-1966) and left him two victories shy of the school record set by A.R. Kennedy (52-9-4, 1904-1910).

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated KU's Orange Bowl opponent.

Comments

bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

edjayhawk says: What a stupid post.

---what a stupid poster. apparently nuance escapes him.
also, what is it about the loons on the left that makes them so very humor impaired? political correctness?

['porky's return' lol.

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shotgun 3 years, 11 months ago

He going down to lap up the oil spill!

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BorderRuffian 3 years, 11 months ago

Wait for the sequel, "Porky Returns."

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greenworld 3 years, 11 months ago

When Gill wins his first game at Ku, that will set the tone with where he is going with Ku football.

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g_rock 3 years, 11 months ago

Imagine how whipped up we would be if we weren't a basketball school? Honestly, I'm still shocked by how into this folks get.

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 11 months ago

Can't wait for what the next five years bring for KU and Texas Tech, firing two tough coaches who brought wins to bad programs.

Gill seems like a nice guy, but don't make a bowl game in three years and we will see the opinion of him will be.

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independant1 3 years, 11 months ago

MM is a winner, not hard to see he had some control freak in him. There's alot of it in that profession.
The last season though he lost control, the pack was chasing him down, the handwriting on the wall. A big reason, I think, the team lost so many games.

Nope, MM didn't win any congeniality contests but he excelled where it counted, on game day.

Mark, you're a winner man! Gonna miss your style!

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Candide 3 years, 11 months ago

this reminds me of that "curb your enthusiasm" episode with the psychiatrist with the thong.

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 11 months ago

Naples Fla. ??? You mean those a$$holes paid him enough money to retire to the wealthiest city in the state of Florida ? What a fvcking joke !

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Liberty275 3 years, 11 months ago

I don't care about mangino or KU sports, but I sure wish the housing market would pick up so we could follow him down to Florida. We'll be stopping at St. Augustine though. Naples gets too hot.

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nascarmomma 3 years, 11 months ago

Mangino in a bathing suit on the beach, Oh what a sight. LOL

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

okay just to be clear: I'm using humor to express that I think a man in such a public position leading our state's football team ought to set a better example for healthy living.

no, I'm not a food NAZI and I criticize them. butMM's weight ...

now, I've posted before: if the last season had been a winning one, we would never have heard of the "bullying." I think Lew tipped the nod to some players/ex-players.
I also felt like the "he poked me in the chest" type complaints really did sound like crybaby wimping out-ness!

I also wondered how much of the last couple seasons' losing had to do with MM vs with Perkins/KUAC.
if you swept the floor at KUAC you could get a heckuva lot of money in gold dust, so very much money passes through there!


Jesse, FTW! that was funny right thar buddy!

suppose they notified the state troopers along the way to Florida that they'd be flagging for "wide load?"

and, what if MM moving to FL adds to the pressure and increases the flow of oil?

This just in...the west coast of Florida is sinking into the Gulf of Mexico.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

oh! thought I felt the ground shift. now I know why.

"our ex-coach can eat your ex-coach!"

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BABBOY 3 years, 11 months ago

If bowl games mean anything, best coach KU ever had. But, of course, Ku is not really a football school. LOL

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missmagoo 3 years, 11 months ago

Good luck Mark. You'll be better off, given all the current drama KUAC is in..

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blue73harley 3 years, 11 months ago

I wish I could afford to move to Naples. Beautiful place but very pricey.

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Chad Collins 3 years, 11 months ago

I didn't realize he was still here. Anybody know his address? Maybe I'll buy his house.

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edjayhawk 3 years, 11 months ago

Good luck coach and a big thanks for taking the football program to the next level. And people who critize you know absolutely nothing about football. You gave us our first BCS game and win at that ever. First Orange Bowl since 1969. First win over Nebraska since 1968. First win over K-State since 1989. And the accolades go on and on. Thank You!

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xfactor 3 years, 11 months ago

He'll have tons of fun in Naples! (ok, I'm done.)

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xfactor 3 years, 11 months ago

The timing of the move to Florida is somewhat concerning considering the oil slick that may be headed their way. I hope the additional weight added to Naples does not lower its elevation above sea level.

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StirrrThePot 3 years, 11 months ago

So long, Coach. Thanks for all of your hard work improving KU football. Best wishes to you and your family.

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macon47 3 years, 11 months ago

if mark was still winning he would still be coaching ku football

folks it isnt rocket science bless your pointed heads, ku didnt care about player abuse mangino lost too many games including kansas state and missouri OFF WITH HIS HEAD same some bucks and disgrace him make him resign under fire if he was still winning he would still be coaching ku, please dont try to fool your selves

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 11 months ago

I wish the guy well and seriously hope he looks into getting rid of some of that weight. If he doesn't, maybe somehow he'll make it another 10 years, but I seriously doubt he'll be alive in 20.

Thanks Mark...all the best.

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bennyoates 3 years, 11 months ago

barrypenders (anonymous) says… Mangino is a good coach.

Any odds laid out for when the next Orange Bowl victory will be?

Stimulus, Back In The Cellar, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Bigot barrypenders isn't happy about Turner Gill as the new KU head football coach.

From barrypinhead's perspective, Gill just won't do. Gill is the wrong color.

Makes him almost as unhappy as our President being the wrong color, don't you see?

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martyks 3 years, 11 months ago

I don't think many of us have any clue what really happened. I suspect that Mangino's actions that were reported were the tip of the iceberg, but maybe it was all political stuff too. How can we know? So, if he did really wrong things, he got what he deserved and will have to adjust. If he was totally wronged, KU is the loser. But I do know this, you win or lose in life, not when a bad thing happens, but in how you respond to it. Both Mangino and KU can come out of this better. The coach is gone. Long live the (new) coach.

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greenworld 3 years, 11 months ago

I noticed mangino was hard on his players and it was for a good reason, so they knew were he stood and didnt think they could do like Nebraska'a players did years ago with Solich and stage a walkout on their coach. You see if you ever get soft and the players know it they will walk on you til the end of time. All kids these days have figured out that they can be lazy and get away with it. It has been like this from the 90's to present day when values and discipline were thrown out the window. You see Ku players already getting in the paper for stupid stuff and robbing people. Im very happy to see Coach Gil kicked these dudes off the team as they werent there for the benefit of KU football they were there to try and have a bad influence on the rest of the team that wants to win and succeed. Thank you Coach Gil for sending a good strong message to everybody that you arent going to put up with the BS. You see Coach Gil knows he doesnt have to touch any of his players to get his point across , he will just send them packing.

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Pywacket 3 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, the eyeball-deep hypocrisy around here when Mangino's bullying came out was nauseating. How many of the blowhards who called the players "crybabies" and worse are the same ones who throw rocks when players are arrested for rape, public brawling, and other violent crimes? "Football culture".... what a load of BS.

These people have not yet (and probably never will) figure out that kids who are screamed at, insulted, shoved, and otherwise emotionally, mentally, and sometimes physically abused in the name of their "sport" will often become abusive bullies themselves, especially those who do not have a strong counter influence in the form of a loving and supportive--and nonviolent--family.

Someone who is conditioned from, what?--junior high? even earlier? that taking abuse makes you a man or at least a great football player is at high risk to emerge from that culture as a bully himself--one who takes what he wants and pressures or strong-arms anyone who doesn't capitulate.

People naively cite Mangino's wins as evidence that abuse works. More likely, that particular combo of players would have won that year anyway, and would have been less psychologically damaged, had Mangino used his other, legitimate, coaching skills, but left the abusive crap at home.

There have been plenty of studies showing that you can get more, not less, out of people by treating them with dignity, kindness, and encouragement, but football people (like some old-school military folks) would rather cling to brutal tradition than admit that something could be done better than the way it's being done now. Dirty secret? They enjoy the violence, like people who go to races secretly hoping to see a horrible, flaming pileup.

If you are one of those who called players names after they called Mangino on his abusive tactics, don't be surprised the next time you read about a football player getting brutal with his date or beating someone outside a bar. You've helped make him what he is by supporting the system that teaches him that only wimps and crybabies show gentleness, humanity, and thoughtfulness.

Perkins may be a worm who capitalized on the players' whistle blowing (that's a whole other angle) but his being a sh** doesn't mean that Mangino wasn't one, too.

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consumer1 3 years, 11 months ago

Last chance for Ya'll to bash mangino. All aboard!!

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macon47 3 years, 11 months ago

i wouldnt mind being disgraced and crushed like a dove for 3 million bucks, no matter how badly i hated lew

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MyName 3 years, 11 months ago

He was a good (though a bit tough) coach, but the way he handled the personnel side of the job was a lawsuit waiting to happen. I think it'll work out just fine for KU, and maybe the $3 Million will give him time to work on the anger issues.

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g_rock 3 years, 11 months ago

I thought they had a son that was still in school? Article didn't mention. Didn't he get in trouble at the kid's football game for being obnoxious or something?

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whats_going_on 3 years, 11 months ago

the guy hasn't even started yet and you're already at this. wowwwwwwwwwwww

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beobachter 3 years, 11 months ago

Next bowl win will not come till Perkins and Gill are gone.

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 11 months ago

In other news Burger King franchises in the states between Kansas and Florida received a huge boost in profits as Mangino travelled through their state.

However, Old Country Buffets in the same areas suffered huge losses.

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barrypenders 3 years, 11 months ago

Mangino is a good coach.

Any odds laid out for when the next Orange Bowl victory will be?

Stimulus, Back In The Cellar, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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Robert Rauktis 3 years, 11 months ago

Mangino polished a turd. (He left the facecloth in the KU Athletics, Inc. executive washroom. They haven't even noticed the smell.)

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BruceWayne 3 years, 11 months ago

so the LJW throws up a picture taken after the Mizzou loss? How about the picture of Lew with his arm around Mark after the orange bowl smoking a big fat cigar? Mangino got screwed. Was he tough on a few players? yes. Did some of those players violate team rules? yes. Perkins could not have handled this mess any worse. So many people making fun of Coach and dogging him...really sad. Everyone LOVED Mangino when they were winning. We ALL bought Orange Bowl shirts. We went crazy at the first BorderWar at Arrowhead. And then a player that was not getting the playing time he thought he deserved had a fit and we know what happened after that. Good Luck Coach, I for one will never forget how you turned the program around and brought pride back to our team. let the haters begin....

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 11 months ago

This just in...the west coast of Florida is sinking into the Gulf of Mexico.

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 11 months ago

Put a giant Huggies on him, inside out, and have him swim in the Gulf and soak up all that oil.

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monarchs20 3 years, 11 months ago

What are you talking about ShePrecedes? Why do you view KU with condescension? KU actually has a pretty good reputation academically and in the sciences. I would be more concerned with our state's lack of support for higher education and their willingness to use science in secondary education as a political football.

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ShePrecedes 3 years, 11 months ago

I am just so unhappy with KU right now. Reduced accent on scholastics. Getting nasty to people who feed the loyalty of the fan base. And this nasty act with Mangino.

Needless to say, I will boycott KU football this year. And probably for years to come. I won't be wearing the KU shirt. I am not handing blind loyalty to an educational institution I have come to view with a certain condescension.

My children will not go to KU!! I am going to send them to colleges strong in sciences. I just do not see KU cranking out the science I expect from them.

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 11 months ago

Naples..about 18 miles from Marco Island...where the K2 guy has connections. Maybe Mangino is going into the Orchid and exotics business.

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whats_going_on 3 years, 11 months ago

don't let the garage door hit ya on the way out.

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kubacker 3 years, 11 months ago

Keegan - it's Virginia Tech not Texas Tech. What is this, one final slap in the face for MM?

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