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.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.
Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5. The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.
De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland. Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.
“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”
Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.
Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).
In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well. The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury