Earlier today, we got word that some KU football players, past and present, were meeting with Kansas Athletic Director Lew Perkins to discuss the coaching methods of Mark Mangino.
(Exactly What Did Mangino Do To His Players?)
Mangino then met with Perkins who told him that the school is bringing in an “unbiased” consultant to evaluate the football program.
Mangino maintained to the media that he had not lost his players, and that, “I may have lost some people around here, but it’s not players. Take that for what it’s worth, you decipher it.”
KU quarterback Todd Reesing also met with the media, and didn’t exactly fall all over himself in supporting his coach.
Reesing to the LAWRENCE (KS) JOURNAL-WORLD:
“Lew said an unbiased person, who will have no opinions either way, will conduct the investigation,” he said. “I think Lew’s doing what he has to do in the position he’s in.”
Reesing added that he didn’t think this had anything to do with the current record, but said he didn’t want to talk about what the investigation was about.
Reesing said, though, that there was no turmoil within the team, but that they’d have to work hard to remain focused.
“I told the guys not to talk about it,” Reesing said. “We’re going to have to find a way to stay focused on Texas.”
Bringing in an “unbiased” consultant to evaluate Mangino is a stunning move by Perkins, and will no doubt be used against the program by other teams in recruiting wars.
If Mangino has indeed lost most of the players, Perkins needs to make a change. Or support Mangino in the conflict.
But hiring a consultant to once-over the program is a move that tells me Perkins is absolutely clueless or is doing all he can under the circumstances to remove Mangino.
I can’t imagine Mangino will be back next season, unless Perkins himself is gone. Sad to see, I’m from KC and was enjoying the Jayhawks’ football resurgence.