Bohl, Mangino determined to restore success, pride to KU football
Dec. 4, Athletics Director Al Bohl took a significant step
in restoring success to the KU football program by hiring
Mark Mangino from the University of Oklahoma. At OU, where
he was offensive coordinator, Mangino was part of a program
that went undefeated and won the national championship in
2000; his offensive schemes also brought out the best in quarterback
Josh Heupel, a former junior-college transfer who went on
to be named consensus All-American under Mangino's guidance.
Mangino earned his own important honors as the winner of the
Frank Broyles Award, bestowed annually to the national's top
assistant football coach. During the two seasons that Mangino
was offensive coordinator, the Sooners were 23-2.
"Mark is a very disciplined and thorough coach who has
the fire and the emotion you need to motivate a team,"
OU coach Bob Stoops said when Mangino was hired by KU. "His
track record at OU and Kansas State is one of great success.
That's a reflection of his leadership."
to his three-season stint at OU, Mangino was an assistant
on Bill Snyder's staff at Kansas State, where he helped turn
that program into a national powerhouse as recruiting coordinator,
running-game coordinator and assistant head coach. Because
of his proven ability to recruit top players and devise winning
offensive game plans, as well as his tireless work ethic and
determination for excellence both on and off the field, KU
faithful are confident that Mangino will quickly build a program
that all Jayhawks can be proud of.
"I'm here because of Coach Mangino," says quarterback
Bill Whittemore, a transfer from Fort Scott Community College
who was the Jayhawk Conference's Player of the Year in 2001.
"I think he's going to turn this program around and I'd
love to be a part of that. Coach Mangino is an awesome person.
That's what it boils down to."
Whittemore said that when he began considering KU, he spent
a half-hour on the telephone with Heupel. It was that conversation
that convinced him to become a Jayhawk.
"Heupel couldn't say enough good things about Coach
Mangino," Whittemore said. "He loves his style of
offense, and he says he puts a lot of pressure on the quarterback
to make the right calls. I know I'm in the right spot."
a halftime introduction during the Dec. 4 men's basketball
game against Wake Forest, Mangino, a 45-year-old native of
the football hotbed of northwestern Pennsylvania, stressed
to fans his desire to put a winner on the field: "I want
you to know we're going to put a football team together and
build a program you can be proud of," he announced to
the Allen Field House crowd. "Get ready next fall to
be waving a lot of wheat."
Fans were already revved up for their new football coach,
greeting him with chants of "Man-Gi-No!" as he made
his way to center court. "From now on," Mangino
said as soon as he was handed a microphone, "I'm going
to earn that applause from you."
Excitement is already building for next season, and with
several new family and recent- graduate ticket packages available,
now is the perfect time to experience the atmosphere and tradition
of Memorial Stadium. Bohl's unmatched enthusiasm and Mangino's
unwavering determination make KU football an exciting prospect
for 2002-and many seasons to come.
ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!
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