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.