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Mangino itching to coach again: In some ways, Kansas did me a favor

Former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino has not spoken much since resigning on December 3, 2009.

For the first time, Mangino opened up at length about his experience and the future. Mangino (54) talked with his hometown newspaper, The New Castle News.

Mangino said, “In some ways, Kansas did me a favor. For the first time in 30 years, I’ve gotten to spend time with my family. My wife and I have been able to travel for the first time ever; we’ve made three trips back to New Castle in the past year to see our families and that’s something we’ve never been able to do.”

“The juices are still flowing,” admitted Mangino. “I’m getting the itch.”

“I think it was wise for me to take a step back, but I also feel like I have some unfinished business. Obviously, I’d like to be a head coach, but if that is not in the cards, then I will be the best assistant coach I can be.”

“I do have some criteria that would need to be met before I would get back into the game. I want to be in a football environment — in other words, I would only go to a place where football has a high level of importance. I don’t want to go someplace where football is an afterthought or a hobby, that just would not work for me.

“I firmly believe that a successful college football program needs to be a good blend of athletic and academics. I would not work for an institution that settled for any less.”

Mangino was 50-48 overall at Kansas, 23-41 in conference play. He led the Jayhawks to a 12-1 record in 2007 and won the Orange Bowl.