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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
 
Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2009 7:27 am
 

Kansas deserves better

my college athletics was ruined by bad coaching as well.  good riddance.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2009 7:26 am
 

Kansas deserves better

hilarious



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2009 6:55 am
 

Kansas deserves better

Mangino deserved better,   football is a violent game,    the players that ratted on Mangino  will probably end up back in the same neighborhood that they got out of while they were at KU.



Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2009 4:58 am
 

Kansas deserves better

wow ku has just kicked away their chance to be player in the big12 north race, back to the dark ages unless they pick up a good coach.



Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2009 3:52 am
 

Kansas deserves better

intended for a prior post, doesn't make sense, out of context and all



Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2009 3:25 am
 

Kansas deserves better

Signed, sealed, and delivered, well put.


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Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2009 3:24 am
 

Kansas deserves better

Why in the hell Harbaugh leave Stanford for Kansas???  Sumlin makes sense but I think Gill will get it.



Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2009 3:23 am
 

Kansas deserves better

Signed, sealed, and delivered, well put.



Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2009 3:07 am
 

Kansas deserves better

Turner Gill is a part of the backup plan at KU.  The top candidates are Jim Harbaugh (Stanford Coach) and Kevin Sumlin (Houston Coach) in that order.



Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2009 2:37 am
 

Kansas deserves better

Mostly really ignorant comments so far.  None of you are addressing the actual reason he was fired.  It's not about yelling at players or being tough on them, it's about crossing the line and just flat-out unprofessional.  It should never, ever get personel with a player, ever.  There's no reason for it.  If a coach takes shots a college player's socialeconomic sitsuation he derserves to be canned immediately.  He sure had no problem going "down in the ghetto" to get athletes now did he? 

He should know better being in  the position he's in (ok, was in). 

What about personal responsibility??


Also, we all know what he did as a football coach, he had some success..........what's that to do with the issue at hand here?  

It's ok to behave like that as long as the team wins?  Really? 

Some values many of you have.


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