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Mangino removes name from consideration for Colorado job

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Over the past couple of days, speculation has surfaced that Mark Mangino could be a rather serious candidate for the opening at Colorado.

Whether or not that was actually the case, you can (probably) officially cross that name off CU’s list of potential replacements for Jon Embree.

In a tweet posted to his Twitter account Thursday afternoon, the former Kansas head coach publicly acknowledged that he had, in essence, said thanks but no thanks to the Buffs.

“I have asked that my name be taken out of consideration for the Colorado position. I wish the school & next coach great success!”

There was no mentiuon of the Purdue job, an opening to which Mangino has also been connected.

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

Mangino compiled a 50-48 record during his eight years at Kansas, including the first back-to-back bowl wins in school history the past two seasons.  He was also named the 2007 coach of the year by multiple organizations and outlets following his Jayhawks’ 12-1 season that culminated in an Orange Bowl win.

He received a $3 million buyout from the school and has been out of the collegiate coaching game ever since.

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14 Responses to “Mangino removes name from consideration for Colorado job”
  1. coolhorn46 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:22 PM

    Mangino may look like a heart attack or a stroke, waiting to happen, but make no mistake, he can coach.

    I don’t blame him for taking a pass on the Colorado job, but some school is gonna hire him, and they’re gonna like the results when they do. He won pretty big at KU, which another rotund head coach is finding is not the easiest thing to do.

  2. matreyu13 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:22 PM

    Looks like he’s going to take a bite out of that player.

  3. charles130 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:35 PM

    For the head coach position or Ralphie???

  4. jimbo75025 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:42 PM

    coolhorn46 says:
    Nov 29, 2012 7:22 PM
    He won pretty big at KU, which another rotund head coach is finding is not the easiest thing to do.

    Correct. Has KU even had a winning season since Mangino was let go?

    The fact KU let him go for poking a player in the chest is a travesty-much like the situation wth Mike Leach at Texas Tech. I am only in my 30’s and amazing how much things have changed in such a short time of 20 years. When I was even in high school and I screwed up, I would be glad if a poke in the chest was the worst thing I got.

  5. snccoach says: Nov 29, 2012 7:56 PM

    I’m not going to dispute that this guy isn’t a good coach, but I have a hard time listening to a guy preach about mental toughness and self-discipline to players when he himself has none.

  6. akismet-18cc6086479c7663079853dc70e04ac8 says: Nov 29, 2012 8:14 PM

    Investigated for poking a player in the chest…WTF??

    When I played football the coaches would grab and drag us around by the face mask and this was high school.

  7. allan357 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:13 PM

    I can’t remember if poking a player in the chest was the only reason Mangino was let go, but it amazes me how little it takes to get a coach in hot water these days.

    What Tuberville & Leach did was kindergarten-stuff compared to what I experienced in high school, and I’m only in my 40’s. It wasn’t unusual for a coach to shove a player to get a point across. One of our players got lazy on a drill, and the head coach ordered three players to gang-tackle him on the spot. Not surprisingly, he shaped up.

    I just can’t relate to these people getting upset when a coach knocks someone’s headset off.

  8. lamontjoe says: Nov 29, 2012 9:17 PM

    I hope Mangino gets a coaching gig. Colorado is a loser of a program, but I hope he lands somewhere decent so he can coach ’em up and get a team back in a bowl.

  9. mikefoxtrottango says: Nov 29, 2012 10:43 PM

    I was really hoping he would get the job.

    At Kansas, I would expect the evolution of coaches from past, present, and future to play out something like this:

    Mark Mangino -> Charlie Weis -> Ralph Friedgen

    Can anyone spot a trend here?

  10. ducknichols50 says: Nov 30, 2012 12:52 AM

    when i was in High School back in the early 90’s, i made a mistake in practice and it led to our punt being blocked. my head coach was yelling at me as he approached, then he hit me with his fist knocking me to the ground. thank goodness that i had my helmet on and he hit me in the facemask.

  11. pdcooper08 says: Nov 30, 2012 1:20 AM

    He did resign because he poked a player in the chest. That was the last straw of all his antics. It’s true, he can coach and he put together a few great years at KU. But when the wheels fell off, their was no one left in his corner to back him.

    I have a close friend that works in the Athletic program back then and now. He would tell me horrible stories of what an “A-hole” this guy really was to others. He didn’t know how to treat his players and coaches right. Theirs a right way and a wrong way of getting your point across, and this guy wore out his welcome.

    The word was, he could’nt relate to the black athlete and treated them like crap. The kids stopped believing in him and well you see where he is at now.

  12. thegamecocker says: Nov 30, 2012 12:02 PM

    charles130 says: Nov 29, 2012 7:35 PM

    For the head coach position or Ralphie???

    Thanks Charles130: after attending last nights Rutgers – Louisville game, I didn’t think anything could put a smile on my face….but somehow, I am still laughing over your above post re. Mangiero!

  13. cubano76 says: Nov 30, 2012 12:48 PM

    Hey “resigned” because he and Lew Perkins didn’t get along.

    On a side note, all the China King buffets in Bolder, CO are safe.

  14. pdcooper08 says: Dec 1, 2012 5:53 AM

    Yes that’s true Cubano, the AD got tired of all the issues Mangino had created, and the AD got rid of him. That’s normally how it works. At one time, Lew hired him and they did get along.

    Bottom line, the ole coach is a real A-hole and will not get another job in college.

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