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Posted on: December 8, 2009 10:03 am
 

Houston Nutt and Kansas

This Houston Nutt-to-Kansas thing has legs. I'm hearing that Nutt has a fractured relationship with his Ole Miss AD Pete Boone. That's why you saw him pop up out of nowhere on Monday.

Boone is the one who poo-pooed the stories yesterday that there was mutual interest between Kansas and his coach. The opposite, it seems, is true. Now its up to the Lew Perkins' braintrust. The Kansas AD and his inner circle were believed to be interviewing Buffalo's Turner Gill on Tuesday morning at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Is Gill still No. 1 with Nutt in the picture? Will Gill have to hit it out of the park in the interview for Kansas not to automatically turn to Nutt? KU would be lucky to get the two-time SEC coach of the year. He's media friendly (that would be welcome after Mark Mangino), a great recruiter and a heck of a coach.

Basically: Do you go for the proven commodity in Nutt or go for the up and comer in Gill? Stay tuned.
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Posted on: December 7, 2009 3:43 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2009 11:25 pm
 

Houston Nutt to Kansas?

This just moved at the Kansas City Star website. Houston Nutt and Kansas apparently have interest in each other.

There's a couple of reasons why this is happening. Nutt and Kansas basketball coach Bill Self are old friends. They became close when both were athletes at Oklahoma State. Self played basketball. Nutt was a backup quarterback at Okie State, then was a graduate assistant under Jimmy Johnson.

The other aspect to consider: This could just as well be a plant by Nutt's agent Jimmy Sexton. The super agent isn't above trying to plant stories to get his guys raises. Sexton has half the SEC has clients so in that sense all you have to do is follow the money.

Ole Miss is in back-to-back Cotton Bowls. Nutt is extremely popular in Oxford and has been successful. Unless there is some rift with AD Pete Boone then the most sensible reasons Nutt is interested in KU is one of the reasons above.

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Tags: Kansas
 
Posted on: December 3, 2009 9:51 pm
 

Three interim coaches for Kansas

In a bit of a departure Kansas will go with three interim coaches after the resignation of Mark Mangino -- defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, co-defensive coordinator Bill Miller and receivers coach David Beatty.
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Tags: Kansas
 
Posted on: December 3, 2009 8:32 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2009 9:42 pm
 

Kansas deserves better

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.

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Tags: Kansas
 
Posted on: December 3, 2009 5:09 pm
 

Mangino close to the end

There are indications that Mark Magino and Kansas soon will be parting ways.

A source said Thursday at least two staffers have cleaned out their offices at the Kansas football complex. One was a defensive assistant, the other, according to the source, was Mangino's son Tommy, an offensive graduate assistant.

"It seems like it's a matter of when, not if," the source said of an announcement of the head coach's departure from the program.

There were rumblings earlier Thursday that Kansas was ready to make an announcement but as of 6 p.m. ET there was no change in Mangino's status. His staff had been out on the road recruiting as usual, according to reports.

The coach has been accused of verbally and physically abusing players. In a players' only meeting on Nov. 16 several players described the treatment to AD Lew Perkins. The meeting prompted a university investigation headed by Lori Williams, a former NCAA enforcement officer and current KU head of risk management.

If Mangino is fired without cause, he could collect $6.6 million according to a Lawrence Journal-World story about his contract. More likely, the two sides have been in a bunker negotiating a settlement. It's not clear how the departure is going to be announced, whether it is a firing or a resignation. It's also not certain that the school will even hold a press conference.

The latest allegation of mistreatment came from Cory Kipp, a former player.

Names mentioned to replace Mangino include Buffalo coach Turner Gill and Houston's Kevin Sumlin.
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Posted on: November 28, 2009 8:54 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2009 8:54 pm
 

There's dumb and there's Border War dumb

Kansas now can fire Mark Mangino with cause.

‘Cause the KU coach can’t manage the clock. ‘Cause Mangino was handed the game by his almost-equally-inept clock manager, Gary Pinkel. ‘Cause it cost Kansas a bowl game and face in one of the nation’s most hate-filled rivalries.

 

If this is the way it goes down for Mangino – accused with verbally and physically assaulting players -- Kansas could fire its coach for nothing more than losing. Kansas did plenty of that dropping its final seven after a 5-0 start. This one, though, has a certain air of stupidity to it. 

Stupid decisions. Stupid play calls. A stupid way to end a season for Kansas which has had to deal with enough turmoil.

The game was won, Pinkel had seen to it, by punting from his own 39 on fourth and 2 with slightly more than three minutes left, down by three. With only one timeout left, there was a good chance Missouri would never see the ball again. It was a better bet to go for it instead of watching KU’s unstoppable offense bleed the clock.

Kansas had moved the ball all day. Dezmon Briscoe alone caught 15 passes in what was probably his last game before the NFL. It wasn’t a day when Missouri’s defense distinguished itself.

Given the gift, all Mangino’s offense had to do was pick up a couple of first downs and take a couple of knees. It took exactly 14 seconds off the clock.

Missouri’s punt landed inside the Kansas 5. Still, there was plenty of room to make those first downs.  Instead, Todd Reesing came out passing. Incomplete. Twice. On third down he tried to run a quarterback draw from his own end zone.

What?

Predictably, Reesing was tackled for a safety cutting the lead to one. Given the short field on the free kick, Missouri drove easily for the game-winning field goal.

It was enough to make a man lose his temper. Fortunately, Mangino was able to maintain his. It will all be over soon anyway. Maybe this week when Kansas formally fires Mangino for cause – not related to football.

But it could be.

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Tags: Kansas, Missouri
 
Posted on: November 28, 2009 8:51 pm
 

There's dumb and there's Border War dumb

Kansas now can fire Mark Mangino with cause.

‘cause the KU coach can’t manage the clock. ‘Cause Mangino was handed the game by his almost-equally-inept clock manager, Gary Pinkel. ‘Cause it cost Kansas a bowl game and face in one of the nation’s most hate-filled rivalries.

 

If this is the way it goes down for Mangino – accused with verbally and physically assaulting players -- Kansas could fire its coach for nothing more than losing. Kansas did plenty of that dropping its final seven after a 5-0 start. This one, though, has a certain air of stupidity to it. 

Stupid decisions. Stupid play calls. A stupid way to end a season for Kansas which has had to deal with enough turmoil.

The game was won, Pinkel had seen to it, by punting from his own 39 on fourth and 2 with slightly more than three minutes left, down by three. With only one timeout left, there was a good chance Missouri would never see the ball again. It was a better bet to go for it instead of watching KU’s unstoppable offense bleed the clock.

Kansas had moved the ball all day. Dezmon Briscoe alone caught 15 passes in what was probably his last game before the NFL. It wasn’t a day when Missouri’s defense distinguished itself.

Given the gift, all Mangino’s offense had to do was pick up a couple of first downs and take a couple of knees. It took exactly 14 seconds off the clock.

Missouri’s punt landed inside the Kansas 5. Still, there was plenty of room to make those first downs.  Instead, Todd Reesing came out passing. Incomplete. Twice. On third down he tried to run a quarterback draw from his own end zone.

What?

Predictably, Reesing was tackled for a safety cutting the lead to one. Given the short field on the free kick, Missouri drove easily for the game-winning field goal.

It was enough to make a man lose his temper. Fortunately, Mangino was able to maintain his. It will all be over soon anyway. Maybe this week when Kansas formally fires Mangino for cause – not related to football.

But it could be.

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Tags: Kansas, Missouri
 
Posted on: November 23, 2009 2:48 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2009 2:50 pm
 

Mike Leach never fails to deliver

Asked about embattled Kansas coach Mark Mangino, Texas Tech's Mike Leach went nuclear Monday during the Big 12 conference call...
 
“Nobody really knows what’s gone on at Kansas but my suspicion is that Mark is in the middle of a witch hunt. Heaven forbid that [a player)] is asked to pay attention and focus for the sake of his teammates and coaches. There are different ways to ask a guy for his attention. After you’ve asked it a number of times you raise the bar …

The interesting thing to me is [the allegations] went from he hit some guy in the face to that he didn’t touch him but said some mean things to him. ‘The mean man told him something he didn’t want to hear.’ Well, you know, there’s a mean man in Lubbock and he tells people what they don’t want to hear, too. It’s just part of it.”

Classic Pirate.
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