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Former Kansas coach, OU offensive coordinator Mark Mangino joins Iowa State staff

by Jason Kersey Modified: January 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm •  Published: January 6, 2014
Mark Mangino is returning to the Big 12 with Iowa State. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
Mark Mangino is returning to the Big 12 with Iowa State. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Former Kansas coach and Oklahoma offensive coordinator Mark Mangino is returning to the Big 12 Conference.

Mangino will join Paul Rhoads’ Iowa State staff as offensive coordinator, the school announced Monday afternoon.

“I am beyond thrilled to welcome Coach Mangino to the Cyclone football family,” Rhoads said in a news release. “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 spent the last season as an assistant at Youngstown State. He was Oklahoma’s offense coordinator when the Sooners won their last national championship in 2000.

Mangino spent eight years as head coach at Kansas, leading the Jayhawks to unprecedented success. His 2008 squad went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl.

His tenure at Kansas ended in controversy, though, amid allegations that he was emotionally abusive to players.

I wrote about Mangino’s wife and her battle with cancer in October 2012 before Oklahoma and Kansas played in Norman, and a couple months ago, I interviewed him again for a Collected Wisdom piece.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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