AMES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Mangino is getting another shot in the Big 12. Iowa State thinks Mangino can help engineer a turnaround similar to the one he keyed at Kansas — before it all went wrong with the Jayhawks.
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads announced Monday that Mangino has been hired as offensive coordinator. Mangino replaces Courtney Messingham, who was fired after the Cyclones finished 3-9 last season.
Mangino coached Kansas for eight seasons, winning national coach of the year honors in 2007 and leading the Jayhawks to a win in the Orange Bowl. But Mangino left after the 2009 season amid accusations that he treated his players poorly.
Rhoads, whose passionate defense of his players has put him in the national spotlight more than once, said Monday he was confident Mangino was the perfect fit to help Iowa State revive a languid attack.
"As I speak of recruiting being very important, I think what's always at the top of my list is somebody that cares about the welfare and the well-being of our student-athletes," Rhoads said. "There wasn't a player, an administrator, a coach, a colleague that I talked to that had anything negative to say about Mark in that regard."
Mangino's ugly split with the Jayhawks remains the most memorable moment of his career. But his departure from Lawrence — and subsequent three-year hiatus — obscured a largely successful career as an assistant and head coach in the Big 12.
Mangino got his collegiate coaching start at Youngstown State (1985-86), working for Jim Tressel. Three years later, he was hired by Bill Snyder at Kansas State and the Wildcats won at least nine games his final six seasons in Manhattan.
Mangino joined Bob Stoops' first staff at Oklahoma in 1999. He was promoted to offensive coordinator the next year and helped lead the Sooners to a national title.