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Iowa State names offensive wizard Mark Mangino as new offensive coordinator

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It may have only been a matter of time before Mark Mangino returned to a big time college football sideline. A new year brings a new opportunity for the former Kansas head coach. Mangino has been named the new offensive coordinator at Iowa State. Mangino was the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for Youngstown State last season. The release by Iowa State lauds Mangino for his offensive wizardry at multiple schools.

“I am beyond thrilled to welcome Coach Mangino to the Cyclone football family,” Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads said in a statement released by the university Monday afternoon. “He has an imaginative offensive mind, an ability to play to his players’ strengths, a track record of winning and a tremendous familiarity with the Big 12 Conference. In terms of calling plays and executing a game plan, he is top shelf. He has learned from a ‘Who’s Who’ of college coaches, effectively led his own championship program and is respected throughout the coaching ranks.”

Mangino was the head coach at Kansas from 2002 through 2009, building a record of 50-48 and leading Kansas to three bowl wins over that span. Mangino led Kansas to a top ten finish in the AP poll in 2007, climbing as high as second in the polls. It was offense that was the key to the turnaround at Kansas under Mangino, but the program lost momentum toward the end of his career, and he left the program under controversy with allegations of misconduct and various levels of abuse directed at players. Mangino negotiated a resignation from his job as head coach in December 2009.

Mangino will be tasked with turning around Iowa State’s offense. In 2013 the Cyclones ranked 8th in total offense, 9th in scoring, 8th in rushing offense and 7th in passing offense within the 10-member Big 12. Iowa State had 22 turnovers on offense this past season, but Mangino will have one of the Big 12’s top red zone offenses. Iowa State led the Big 12 in red zone scoring percentage, ending 39 red zone trips with 35 scores, including 24 touchdowns. the flip side to that is Iowa State made the second fewest trips to the red zone in 2013 with just Kansas having fewer red zone opportunities.

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13 Responses to “Iowa State names offensive wizard Mark Mangino as new offensive coordinator”
  1. sportsdrenched says: Jan 6, 2014 5:08 PM

    Glad to see Mangino back at a big school. I think Kansas is still regregting the day they ran him out of there. Now they get to regret in in direct competition.

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Jan 6, 2014 5:16 PM

    Kansas plays football? Interesting 😉

    I kid, I kid. I would say they definitely regret firing him. Weren’t they actually kind of decent when he was there?

  3. rabbi187 says: Jan 6, 2014 6:23 PM

    You got to pay the troll tole to get to the boys hole.

  4. normanbrennen says: Jan 6, 2014 6:48 PM

    All you can eat buffets in Ames rejoice!

  5. whitdog23 says: Jan 6, 2014 7:23 PM


    you obviously haven’t seen Mangino lately. he’s done a wonderful job of losing weight and be healthier.

  6. allan357 says: Jan 6, 2014 7:44 PM

    He was a good coach, but I’m not sure that he qualifies as an “offensive wizard”. I’d have to hear the evidence for such a lofty title.

  7. bleedburgandyandgold says: Jan 6, 2014 8:34 PM

    Man him Andy Ried and mike Holmgren could all be brothers lol

  8. txskinsman says: Jan 6, 2014 9:47 PM

    It was his supposed “brow beating” of players @ KU that got him fired, not his coaching abilities. He beat TX for criss sakes, DAMNNN

  9. txskinsman says: Jan 6, 2014 9:50 PM

    and I’ll add a few !!!!!!!!! to my last post.

  10. 27xwschamps says: Jan 6, 2014 10:34 PM

    Wonder if there’s any In & Out burger joints in Ames…

  11. cyraider says: Jan 7, 2014 12:46 AM


    He was national assistant of the year as well as national coach of the year- the first guy to get both. He was the OC for Oklahoma when they won the NC in 2000 and took Kansas from the cellar to the orange bowl among many other things. Oh, and he made Todd freakin’ Reesing look like a real QB!!!!

    And no, there are no in and out burgers in Ames.

  12. allan357 says: Jan 7, 2014 2:29 AM


    I never said Mangino wasn’t a good coach, but I’m still not buying the offensive wizard label without more evidence. I always felt that his “offensive wizardry” during his two years at Oklahoma had more to do with the fact that:

    a) he was running previous coordinator Mike Leach’s offense, which was still fairly unique, and
    b) he had Josh Heupel as his QB in the championship year

    And yes, he was good at KU. Give Mangino credit for choosing to run the spread with Reesing, but it’s not like he was the first, second or third (or fourth or fifth) coach to adapt a system to a quarterback. As just one example, his former mentor Bill Snyder made a more radical change a decade earlier to suit Michael Bishop’s unusual skill set; Snyder turned a very average passer into a Heisman runner-up.

    An “offensive wizard” is someone who invents or makes a significant lasting contribution to an offensive system, and I just don’t see that with Mangino.

  13. jadaruler says: Jan 7, 2014 5:18 AM

    Mangino bear returns.

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