Mark Mangino will reportedly be introduced as a member of the Youngstown State coaching staff Friday, reportedly as the school's tight end coach and recruiting coordinator.
Youngstown's NBC affiliate WFMJ reported that a previously announced press conference scheduled for Friday afternoon was intended to introduce the former Kansas head coach. ESPN's Brett McMurphy corroborated that report, filling in details about what position Mangino would take with the Penguins. Mangino had played for Youngstown State and had his first coaching job there as an assistant under Jim Tressel.
Going to Youngstown State as a relatively minor assistant caps a confusing offseason for the 56-year-old. Mangino, who had been linked to the Colorado job but reportedly removed himself from the running. There was also talk of him taking the head coaching vacancy at Purdue, but nothing came of that. He was rumored in January to be returning to Oklahoma where he had previously served as an offensive coordinator under Bob Stoops. But it appears he was linked to the wrong Stoops. Bob's oldest brother, Ron Stoops Jr., is a linebackers coach at Youngstown State.
Mangino has been out of coaching since 2009, when he resigned due to allegations that he verbally abused and mistreated players. Despite his reputation as a hotheaded disciplinarian, he did do a tremendous job at Kansas, leaving Lawrence with a winning record at 50-48 after inheriting a team that went 2-10 his first season. He's best remembered for a 12-1 2007 season that culminated in an Orange Bowl win - still the school's only BCS bowl appearance.
And yes, Pitt had better watch out.