For much the same reasons that Al Groh was axed at UVA and Bobby Bowden was forced into retirement (after years of futility). The University of Kansas was 12-1 in '07, 8-5 in '08 (going backwards some) and 5-7 in '09 that included a 5-game winning streak followed by a 7-game losing streak. The problem? THEY COULDN'T STOP ANYBODY. They only beat Iowa State in conference play (and funny enough that the Cyclones finished with a better record).
Mangino did more for that program than any other head coach ever did.
Amen to A Texan. Mangino made all manner of KU records as a coach. A couple of slow years shouldn't mean they get rid of the man. Especially since we are talking about Kansas, who do they think they are going to get to replace him?
It's not like we are talking about Florida State or Notre Dame, both of which kept their now gone head coaches much longer after poor seasons.
It wasn't the losing on the field as much as it was the fact that all those complaints about how he treated the players started cropping up in the midst of all the losing.
Any coach in that bad of shape himself probably couldn't do much to inspire young platers to be physically aggressive enough. There's more than just knowing plays, off. and def. schemes. There's player morale. An example would be having that fat guy tell you to run 2 extra laps to get conditioned while he's eating a twinkie! That 12-1 year was based on a few good players being matched up at the right recruiting time. Apparently he didnt recruit well himself. I'd be interested to know when he got there anbd whether that 12-1 team was his from his recruitment or previous coaches. All coaches should get a minimum four year contract though to be able to build up their senior class and if that last year , they don't have a winning season then thats when to can someone!
Winning is important, but I dont think it was his record that got him fired.
He will find a good position somewhere else. Hes a good coach but Kansas football doesn't carry the same cache as it does for basketball. Wouldnt shock me to see him turn around a program somewhere else.
Conduct hurts morale. Thats all i'm saying. His record of 50-48 does not refect turning around a team and changing a program for the better. Changing a program for the better in college is not having more than 3 losses in a year for a decade or close to it.His record of 23-41 in conference games shows that most of his wins were outside the Big 12 against chump schools ! He was an overrated fat joke!
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