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Former KU football coach Mark Mangino joins Youngstown State program as assistant

Matt Tait

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2009/11/28/ku_fbc_mu_rg09.jpg The wait and speculation are finally over. Mark Mangino is back in coaching. The former KU boss, who led the Jayhawks to a 12-1 season and Orange Bowl championship in 2007, has been hired by Youngstown State as assistant head coach and tight ends coach. Mangino also will serve ...

KU football's positions of concern heading into spring practice

Matt Tait

On Wednesday, we jumped into the pre-spring position-by-position breakdown with a quick look at the Kansas University football program's three strongest position groups. Today, it's time to look at the top three positions of concern. When coming up with this list, I couldn't help but think back to my thoughts ...

KU football's positions of strength entering spring drills

Matt Tait

Yesterday, we looked at some of the story lines surrounding the Kansas University football program that figure to make spring practice — which begins Tuesday — interesting and exciting for a number of reasons. Today, let's dive in a little deeper and begin our look at KU's strengths and weaknesses ...

Top KU football story lines as we head into spring football: No, seriously, spring

Matt Tait

All right. Now that we got past the Kansas University football players who didn't get into the action last year, let's take a quick look at what we should watch for from them and the guys who did. Here's a glance at the top five story lines heading into spring ...

Talking red-shirts: A look back at the guys who sat out in 2012 and what's in store for their futures

Matt Tait

With Kansas University's spring football set to begin one week from tomorrow — crazy, isn't it? — I figured now was as good a time as any to jump into a week's worth of blogs that serve as a bridge from 2012 to 2013. For starters, the week-long fun will ...

Breaking down KU football's latest recruiting class three at a time

Matt Tait

All right, now that the signing day dust has settled and the most recent recruiting class has become an official part of Kansas football, let's take a quick look at what this all means for the Jayhawks in 2013. I'll have plenty more reaction and analysis of this class and ...

Rise & Sign: National Signing Day rockin' and rollin' as letters arriving quickly in Lawrence

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2013/feb/06/248932/ **3:34 p.m. Update:** Hey folks, just got back from KU coach Charlie Weis' signing day news conference and have posted Weis' full audio. A lot of insightful stuff in there, so check it out if you haven't. http://www2.kusports.com/podcasts/press_conferences_postgame_interviews/2013/feb/06/ku-football-coach-charlie-weis-sizes-class-2013/ Here are my first reactions from what Weis said. I posted ...

Signing Day circus starts a day early: CB Kevin Short wavers, but sticks with KU

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2013/feb/05/248837/ **4:12 p.m. Update:** Just heard back from Kevin Short, who informed me — in all caps — that he was "GOING TO KU FOR SURE." Short said he simply felt uneasy about what he was being brought in to do and wanted to talk with Charlie Weis and Clint ...

National Signing Day always an action-packed event

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2013/feb/05/248820/ With national signing day now less than 24 hours away, all kinds of stories about signing days past make their way to the forefront of people's minds. From famous tales about fax machine fiascos to power classes and last-minute shockers, the stories are always a favorite of mine, even ...

KU football commitment Marcus Jenkins-Moore not going anywhere

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2013/jan/30/248502/ Kansas University commitment Marcus Jenkins-Moore caused quite a stir late Wednesday afternoon, when he posted on both his Facebook page and his Twitter account that he had plans to take an official visit to Louisville. Jenkins-Moore, one of the biggest KU supporters in the current recruiting class, hails from ...

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