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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.

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5 Responses to “Poke in the chest led to Mangino probe”
  1. Arizona Buckeye says: Nov 18, 2009 9:47 AM

    I didn’t think it was possible for this man to get any larger but after seeing him on TV this last weekend, WOW he must have his own gravitational pull. Now find out he has a massive temper as well… only a matter of time before this orb strokes out

  2. KUALUM15 says: Nov 18, 2009 9:53 AM

    1)Mangino is a hard nosed old school coach. There are going to be players that fit and the players that don’t leave.
    2)Jason Whitlock is the biggest idiot in the world. He made issue of Mangino’s weight at his 1st ever press conference and Mangino responded with “Was you weight an issue when the Star hired you?” At the end of the press conference Whitlock approached Coach and Whitlock said that had hurt his feeling and he struggles with his weight.(I was directly behind this conversation)
    3)It was a poke and probably a fiery exchange. Whoopy Doo! Kid, just get your senior year over and leave.
    4)Mangino has high expectation’s and treats everyone the same and that is all you can ask of people. You know where you stand with him.

  3. leatherneck says: Nov 18, 2009 1:59 PM

    At least Mangino didn’t criticize the officiating in the SEC. That would be really bad.

  4. Leach, Mangino not candidates at Colorado | CollegeFootballTalk says: Nov 20, 2010 10:10 AM

    […] “power” to push for his ouster, while Mangino’s then-boss Lew Perkins used a poke in the chest of a player to undermine the coach and launch an investigation that ultimately led to his demise as […]

  5. Mangino removes name from consideration for Colorado job | CollegeFootballTalk says: Nov 29, 2012 7:12 PM

    […] Mangino officially resigned as Kansas’ coach in December of 2009 amidstĀ an internal investigation into his alleged mistreatment of football players, including poking a player in the chest. […]

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