Poke in the chest led to Mangino probe


Citing unnamed sources, the Wichita Eagle is reporting that head coach Mark Mangino Mark Mangino.jpgLocal newspapers are also starting to pile on Mangino, which is never a good sign for the long-term health of a head coach’s career.  The Lawrence Journal-World has published a lengthy piece about Mangino allegedly berating a student parking employee in 2007 after receiving the last in a series of parking tickets.

Amongst the accusations contained in the Journal-World report came from the director of KU Parking and Transit, who claimed in an email at the time that Mangino “screamed, yelled and cussed for a while and then got out of his car and screamed, yelled and cussed 6 inches from the student’s face.”

Not only are the locals going after Mangino’s anger issues in the midst of a five-game losing streak, they are also pinning those issues on the coach’s weight.

Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star says that this latest incident “should be… the end for Mark Mangino‘s head-coaching career at Kansas” and that “his inability to deal with his weight problem is the cause.”

Given how the last 24 hours have played out, it’s hard to believe it’s been less than two years since the Jayhawks’ stunning 12-1 season and an Orange Bowl win.

And it’s also hard to believe that Mangino will see the 2010 season as head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

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Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

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Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.