ESPN: Mangino ‘Will Not Return’ As Kansas Coach

ESPN’s Joe Schad reports this afternoon that Kansas football coach Mark Mangino ‘will not return’ as coach next season.

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If Mangino was not fired with cause, the school would owe him the balance of his contract, which is $6.6M. More likely, there was some sort of buyout settlement.

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On November 20, I reported that Mangino’s reps were already in talks with University of Kansas officials over a possible buyout. At that time, Kansas assistant football coaches were already calling around to other schools asking about possible job opportunities.

From what I’m hearing from a college football source, Randy Edsall would be one of the top candidates for the Kansas job, along with Texas A&M offensive coordinator Nolan Cromwell. Cromwell was a longtime NFL player and attended Kansas.

Schad also reports Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables and Houston Coach Kevin Sumlin are probable candidates KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins will consider.