Former Kansas football players are coming out of the woodwork now to tell the us all how awfully "inappropriate" Mark Mangino is when he yells at his players. It's clear that when it comes to emotional devastation, he's the king.
Raymond Brown, a wide receiver who was a senior last season, said Mangino would "say personal, hurtful, embarrassing things in front of people," which kind of makes Jayhawk football players sound like sensitive little daisies. Until you learn that when Mangino wants to say something hurtful, the man cuts like a surgeon.
"One day, [Mangino] said in front of the entire team, 'Are you going to be a lawyer or do you want to become an alcoholic like your Dad?'"
Ouch. In another instance, when confronting a KU player who had received a "minor in possession" ticket, Mangino told him "You'll be drinking out of a brown paper bag the rest of (your) life." Brown, who had a brother that was once shot in the arm, says that Mangino once said to him, "If you don't shut up, I'm going to send you back to St. Louis so you can get shot with your homies." So basically, if Mangino ever learned about a painful incident from a player's background, he stored that little nugget away so he could break it out at the precise moment when it would do the most damage to the player's psyche. That's talent.
Several others also confess that Mangino occasionally gets physical with players, although it never seemed to rise above the level of poking or grabbing jerseys. And as at least one former player pointed out, it is curious that all these stories are flooding in now that Kansas football is having its worst season in years.
"I'm not going to deny that some of those things didn't happen," [former defensive lineman Russell] Brorsen said. "But I think part of the problem here is you have four or five years worth of stuff hitting the fan within a period of three or four days. I think [Mangino] could get pretty intense. And I think there was swearing. But my personal opinion is it's not much worse than what you would get at another university."
It is curious that no one seemed to have any complaints about Mangino's vicious temper when the Jayhawks were 12-1. But despite the program's "turnaround," they have only had 3 winning seasons since Mangino took over in 2002—and this year isn't one of them. His days are likely numbered.
Ex-Kansas players: Coach Mark Mangino said 'hurtful' things [ESPN]
Mangino confident probe will clear him [Fox Sports]
Not-so-gentle reign [KU Sports]