A decade after the greatest season in Kansas history, former Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino sees a program far different than the one he left.
Mangino resigned controversially after the 2009 season amid reports of player mistreatment. But before, he left the Jayhawks to success the program hadn’t experienced before. Mangino led Kansas to three bowl victories from 2005-08, matching its total from 1901-2004. He won 50 games during his tenure from 2002-09. The 2007 season culminated in an Orange Bowl victory.
But his successors couldn’t build on his improvements on the program.
“Even though I didn’t like the way it went down and the way the ending was, walking out the door I said I left this place in much better shape than I found it,” Mangino told USA Today’s Dan Wolken. “Unfortunately, it’s kind of looking like the way I found it back in 2002.”
Mangino’s 2007 Jayhawks were as high as No. 2 in the BCS rankings, going 12-1. In the eight seasons since he left, Kansas has won 15 games total.
That includes three victories in almost three full years under David Beaty. The Jayhawks are coming off a 29-point home loss to previously winless Baylor. It was the first time Baylor held a Big 12 opponent without a touchdown on the road.
Things have changed since 2007.
“You reflect back like, wow, something special was taking place,” Mangino told Wolken. “Things have changed from the good old days.”
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