Mark Mangino “resigned” yesterday in disgrace, having been throw out by Kansas officials after players came forward with tales of physical and verbal abuse.
Until this week, players had not provided physical evidence of Mangino’s behavior. That changed two days ago, when the LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD published the story of former Kansas starting nose tackle Cory Kipp.
Kipp, who started 13 games for Kansas in 2003, claims Mangino caused the second degree burns you see on his hand in the photo.
At the beginning of an afternoon workout in August of ’03, Mangino told Kipp to see him after practice to undergo punishment for the player’s failure to weigh-in earlier that day.
Kipp figured the punishment would be running “cross-fields” — something he and another former player said was a typical penalty for such an infraction — but was instead told to “bear-crawl” across the AstroTurf field at Memorial Stadium on his hands and feet.
Kipp began the crawl and, after moving several yards, felt a burning sensation in his hands. On multiple occasions, Kipp said, he stopped to complain that the turf was burning his hands — according to a University of Arkansas report, artificial playing surfaces have been documented at up to 199 degrees in temperature — but was ordered by Mangino, who was walking alongside the crawling player, to keep going.
By the time Kipp had finished, the skin near the heel of his hand had been completely seared, and photos provided to the Journal-World depict blistering and a sizable area of missing skin.
As a result of the injury, Kipp said, he was forced to undergo extensive treatment on his hand by then-head football trainer Carol Jarosky throughout the next three weeks, and although he said at least two members of the coaching staff were aware of the injury, he was told to practice through it.
“It wasn’t like because my hand was burned, I took a couple days off,” Kipp said. “They made me practice.”
A college football source with knowledge of the program told me today that Kipp’s revelation did have an impact on fast-tracking Mangino’s buyout negotiations with the school. I reported on Nov. 20 that reps for Mangino were already in discussions with school officials about a buyout.
I’d previously heard from a college football source that Oklahoma was seriously considering hiring Mangino back on its staff if he departed the Kansas football program. (Mangino left OU as offensive coordinator take the KU job.) But after Kipp’s revelation, that possibility may have diminished.
Mangino’s next employment could depend on how big Kipp’s story gets. Kipp’s claim - and evidence - certainly won’t help Mangino in his search.