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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


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.


kubacker 8 years ago

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

whats_going_on 8 years ago

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

Vinny1 8 years ago

Nasty act with Mangino?

You obviously have no idea what you're talking about.

persevering_gal 8 years ago

Why hold a grudge against KU's academics when that has nothing to do with the athletic department? KU is well-known for their sciences and their research. The pharmacy school has nearly a 100% placement rate for students after graduation. Good grief, the man who discovered helium went to KU. What more do you want? Boycott football all you want, but you make absolutely no sense whatsoever. Kansas is ranked at #58 in science:

Unless you want to send them to an Ivy League school, you're not going to find many public universities with that great of an education.

boothillbilly 8 years ago

persevering_gal- how much are you getting paid?

persevering_gal 8 years ago

Nothing at the moment. I just graduated last weekend.

weegee 8 years ago

Your argument is sketchy and truly makes no sense. Were you ever a KU fan?

boothillbilly 8 years ago

weegee, your argument smacks of the fallacy of argument ad hominem in that you pre-suppose one must be a KU fan to comment on this forum

Fatty_McButterpants 8 years ago

What if your kids don't want to major in science??

yankeevet 8 years ago

ok; great; now someday tell us all how u really feel.

monarchs20 8 years 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.

whats_going_on 8 years ago


he does that anyway, in the form of McDonalds bigmacs

whats_going_on 8 years ago

what does mangino moving to florida have anything to do with perkins?

BruceWayne 8 years 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....

whats_going_on 8 years ago

I've talked to a player under Mangino personally and his account was quite different than dear old coach...just saying.

morganlefay 8 years ago

Well said, Bruce! My thoughts exactly!

Steve Bunch 8 years ago

I didn't buy an Orange Bowl shirt.

Robert Rauktis 8 years ago

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

whats_going_on 8 years ago

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

ozzynbn 8 years ago

beobitcher likes to, you know, just complain at almost everything......

MyName 8 years 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.

riverdrifter 8 years ago

The team quit on Mangino last year -pure and simple. His methods lost traction on the very players he recruited. He then pocketed $3M and left for Naples, set for life. Notice that nobody has snatched him up, even as an assistant? End of story.

greenworld 8 years 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.

Martin Shupert 8 years 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.

mr_right_wing 8 years 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.

StirrrThePot 8 years ago

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

xfactor 8 years 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.

xfactor 8 years ago

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

whats_going_on 8 years ago

he'll fit right in with 80% of Floridians. Going to Disney World a few years ago was like going to the worlds largest toddler competition.

Chad Collins 8 years ago

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

missmagoo 8 years ago

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

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

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

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

bearded_gnome 8 years 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.

nascarmomma 8 years ago

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

Liberty275 8 years 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.

independant1 8 years 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!

Steve Jacob 8 years 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.

greenworld 8 years ago

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

BorderRuffian 8 years ago

Wait for the sequel, "Porky Returns."

shotgun 8 years ago

He going down to lap up the oil spill!

bearded_gnome 8 years 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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