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.

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).