In a similar vein to Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads, offensive coordinator Mark Mangino isn’t really paying attention to the events transpiring with the Kansas football team.
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Charlie Weis was fired from the Jayhawks on Sunday after going just 6-22 after two-plus seasons at the helm. Naturally, people wondered if Mangino had any thoughts. He was the last head coach that saw any kind of success with Kansas — one of the few for that matter.
Mangino had no interest in the matter (via The Des Moines Register).
"“I don’t take any joy in seeing any coach losing their job, but I’m not there and I don’t know the circumstances,” Mangino said. “I’m all Iowa State and I’m just focused on getting better, getting us in a position to win, and all those types of things. It might be hard to believe — I’m really not interested in what goes on somewhere else.”"
It’s a clear sign that Mangino has indeed moved on from the tumultuous finish at Kansas. After being a head coach for eight seasons with the team, the program fired him over allegations that he treated players badly there.
Mangino finished his coaching career there with a 50-48 overall record, his only school that he’s been a head coach at. The team finished with six or more wins in five of his eight seasons and went 3-1 in bowl games. His best season was of course the 2007 season when Kansas was ranked in the top 10, finished 12-1, and won their BCS bowl game — a 24-21 victory over Virginia Tech in the 2008 Orange Bowl.
The Jayhawks were an at-large bid into their BCS game as Oklahoma won the Big 12 and went to the Fiesta Bowl. Kansas never played the Sooners that year. They lost their final game of the regular season to Missouri, 36-28. Because of that, the Tigers went to the Big 12 championship game because they only lost one conference game and had the tiebreaker. Missouri ended up losing to Oklahoma twice in 2007.
Kansas hasn’t seen that kind of success since, hiring Weis after possibly firing Turner Gill a bit too soon (5-19 after just two seasons) and now finally letting Weis go. Iowa State hopes to capitalize, and it will only help that Mangino has a clear conscious from his past.