Mark Mangino has been out of coaching since 2009, but his name has made a few appearances in the rumor mill over the past couple of months.
Now, he’s found a landing spot with his alma mater, Youngstown State. Mangino will serve as the Penguins’ assistant (to the) head coach and tight ends coach.
“This is a homecoming for me,” Mangino said in a statement. “I’m delighted to be at a great school with a great football tradition with a team and coach poised to do great things. Every coaching job I have ever taken was a rebuilding project, but this program is not rebuilding. This program has the potential to have a very good year and that’s a credit to Eric Wolford, his staff and his team.
“I am a big believer in Coach Wolford’s ‘no shortcuts’ approach that focuses on getting results on and off the field. This school is near and dear to my heart and I’ll work very hard with Coach Wolford to get the job done.”
Mangino was a former assistant at YSU under Jim Tressel from 1985-87.
Mangino coached Kansas from 2002-09 and compiled a 50-48 record before resigning amidst an internal investigation into his alleged mistreatment of football players. Still, Mangino guided the Jayhawks to success on the football field rarely seen in Lawrence, going 12-1 in 2007 that resulted in an Orange Bowl win.
Mangino has recently been connected to the Colorado head coaching job and the offensive line job at Oklahoma. Those would go to Mike Macintyre and Bill Bedenbaugh, respectively.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah