Ex-Kansas coach sees big year from Buckeyes
August 9, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
By Doug Harris
Mark Mangino is starting to feel a tug to get back into coaching — and he’s not the only one who thinks that might be a good idea.
Since being fired by Kansas in 2009, Mangino has been tending to his wife, helping her through a bout with breast cancer. But she’s been nudging him to return to the game, and he’s been visiting NFL and college preseason camps to glean what he can, stopping at Ohio State for a couple of days this week.
“Now that he’s feeling better and is on the road to recovery, she said it’s about time you go find a job,” he said, chuckling. “She’s ready – and so am I.”
Mangino led the Jayhawks to an improbable 12-1 record and Orange Bowl victory in 2007. Before that, he was Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator during a national title run.
His trip to OSU has allowed him to renew friendships with Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and offensive line coach Ed Warinner, who was on Mangino’s staff at Kansas.