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Kansas deserves better

Posted on: December 3, 2009 8:32 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2009 9:42 pm
Mark Mangino will never be a head coach again, not at this level.

Not at a place like Kansas where he took a basketball school to the Orange Bowl.

Not in the Big 12, where just two years ago he became national coach of the year. It is both troubling and just that Mangino is gone after allegations of verbal and physical abuse of his players. Troubling because if allegations are true, then dozens of coaches and players are guilty of staying silent -- for years.

Only during a season-ending seven-game losing streak did word leak out. Troubling because those same coaches and players were too intimidated to say anything, worried about losing their scholarships or their jobs.

Who knows how many other players and coaches have been put in this situation at other schools? At Kansas, a code of silence enabled a flawed man to allegedly belittle his players. The decision to get rid of the coach is just, because Mangino had to be stopped.

His methods went beyond tough love or aggressive coaching. If only a fraction of the episodes are true -- many will never come to light -- then Mangino has been in denial about his conduct for too long. At this point it seems that the terms of the settlement will keep us from ever knowing the true extent of the alleged abuse. Reports have some of the conduct going back decades to a high school job for Mangino in Pennsylvania.

We can only hope that Mangino becomes a better man. As a coach, he was a discliplinarian, a trait that belied his 400-pound frame. Based on the allegations, anger management counseling might be in order. Let's hope his alleged victims recover too. Now it's time to move on.

Buffalo's Turner Gill is a perfect replacement. Right now, he is No. 1 on AD Lew Perkins' list.

The interest, it seems, is mutual.

A good coach -- and a better man -- for Kansas is waiting in the wings.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Kansas

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 9:10 pm

Kansas deserves better

Gotta disagree with you Dodd, these allegations have not been proven and this coach turned a crap football program into a winner!  I hope he is able to coach again and another struggling program will benefit from his expertise!  At first you mention allegedly and then  you act as though it's a proven fact about his abuse?  He deserves to coach a top program again unless it's proven that he is an abusive coach!

Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2009 9:06 pm

Kansas deserves better

Wow, a football coach belittled his players ... allegedly ... big freakin' deal!!! Are you kidding me? What's a coach supposed to do, say, "OK Little Johnny, now you were supposed to go this way but you went that way instead. I'm not upset, but I think you need to take a timeout." Then a few minutes later, say, "OK Little Johnny, I hope you had time to think about what you did wrong and will try your best to not do it again. Now let's go get some ice cream!!!" Dodd, if you think a football coach should be fired for belittling his players then I'm sure you're in favor of firing hundreds of coaches around the country at all levels. Outstanding reporting and passing of judgement. I'm you're No. 1 fan!!! You should be commended for taking such a high road!!!

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2009 8:58 pm

Kansas deserves better

Turner Gill would be a fantastic hire for Kansas. He should of got a better look at the Auburn job a couple of years ago. But Kansas is NOT a SEC team and a good fit for picking up the pieces of a really good team that isn't in the constant headlight of national football scrutiny. A big step up from Buffalo.

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2009 8:54 pm

Kansas deserves better

Kansas had immediate success with this guy as coach.  All of this stuff is alleged, but we know some is true for sure.  Even so, this wouldn'tbe the first guy to do so in football.  He will coach again.  This is premature.  He resigned to remove himself from the negative spotlight ASAP.  He's a good coach let's face it.  Look at Bobby Knight in basketball, and then honestly stand behind this article Dodd.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2009 8:54 pm

Kansas deserves better

Dodd, I always thought you were a ku fan but it turns out you were prolly that pus*y in gym class who always thought the P.E. coach was making you do too many push ups. Mangino did more for KU then anyone could have ever imagined.

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2009 8:47 pm

Kansas deserves better

Mangino hasn't been this sad since Capt. Solo got away.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2009 8:44 pm

Kansas deserves better

He was 2 games away from becoming the most winningest coach in KU history. Took a team from 2-10 in the year he took over to a bowl game and then 3 years later to a BCS victory. This is a rediculous fire, that will hurt recruiting and might keep Kansas out of a bowl for maybe a few years. Mangino was a perfect fit for Kansas, and some of the players accusitions of him were absolutely absured and were caused by the players simply not being tough enough. Lew Perkins really dug himself into a huge hole after really blowing up these allegations, which obvilusly would have hurt recruiting anyways. There is no reason why he needed to destroy Mangino's carrer, and also tear the program down that Mangino had just built up. I really hope Mangino can find another job and eventually make his way back up.

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