By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com
Outside of the back-up quarterback, the successful former coach is the most popular man in town when things go down the drain.
Many Kansas Jayhawks football fans, including a few friends of mine, would like to see former head coach Mark Mangino return to the sidelines in Lawrence.
While Mangino was probably the best head coach in school history, the move would be a bad one.
Here's a short explanation why:
1. Mangino's final two years at KU were disappointing. Coming off a 12-1, Orange Bowl winning season, KU football had tremendous momentum. Despite that, all KU could do is an 8-5 season and a 5-7 season. That's not bad for KU, but those seasons could have been better. There's no way KU's team should have been 5-7 in Mangino's final year. No. Way. He did not deserve to get fired for those seasons alone, but they weren't glamorous seasons.
3. Rival coaches would recruit against him dirty. Mangino's baggage would easily open the door for rival coaches to recruit against him. And unlike Mike Leach, there's legitimate baggage with Mangino. Mangino was hung out to dry by Lew Perkins, but Mangino did not do himself favors.
4. Bad blood, I would assume, remains between Mangino and the school. It takes more than two years to get over what happened to Mangino at the end of his coaching career at the University of Kansas. Two years are probably too soon.