Mark Mangino is returning to the Big 12.
It has been five years since Mangino was fired by the University of Kansas and now he is returning to the Big 12 as the new offensive coordinator for the Iowa State Cyclones. Prior to being KU’s head coach he was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma under Bob Stoops and an assistant under Bill Snyder at Kansas State.
Mangino spent last year with Youngstown State, his alma mater.
“I am beyond thrilled to welcome Coach Mangino to the Cyclone football family,” Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads said in a statement. “He has an imaginative offensive mind, an ability to play to his players’ strengths, a track record of winning and a tremendous familiarity with the Big 12 Conference. In terms of calling plays and executing a game plan, he is top shelf. He has learned from a ‘Who’s Who’ of college coaches, effectively led his own championship program and is respected throughout the coaching ranks.”
This is an incredibly impressive hire for Iowa State given the success Mangino has had as a college coach everywhere he has been. He led Kansas to an Orange Bowl win in January of 2008, the only coach in KU history to win back-to-back bowl games, and was 3-1 in bowl games at KU. If you can win at Kansas then you can win anywhere. And it also means you are a damn good coach.
Kansas plays Iowa State in Lawrence on November 8 next season.