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Mangino resigns as coach at Kansas

He steps down in the wake of an investigation into his treatment of his players, just two years after leading the Jayhawks to the greatest season in their football history.

December 04, 2009|Staff And Wire Reports

Kansas Coach Mark Mangino resigned Thursday in the wake of an investigation into his treatment of his players, stepping down just two years after leading the Jayhawks to the greatest season in their checkered football history.

The university made the announcement as Athletic Director Lew Perkins informed the players of the news.

The school said last month it would probe Mangino's alleged verbal and emotional abuse of players. In the following days, many former players described insensitive, humiliating remarks they claim he made to them in the heat of games or practice, often in front of others.

But next came a wave of support by former and current players who remained loyal, insisting Mangino had strengthened the long-struggling program with structure and discipline, crediting the 53-year-old with making them better players and men.

Perkins declined to describe the school's settlement with its former coach, other than to say it was satisfactory to all parties. After going 12-1 in 2007, winning the Orange Bowl and being honored as the national coach of the year, Mangino was given a raise and contract extension through 2012.

Hofstra cuts its program

With costs growing and few students even bothering to go to the games, Hofstra shut down its football team.

The decision came in a unanimous vote by the board of trustees Wednesday night, jolting the players and marking the end of a sport at the school that had been around since the university's founding in 1937.

"The cost of the football program, now and in the future, far exceeds the return possible," Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz said Thursday.

Price and Forbath are honored

UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price and kicker Kai Forbath were named to the AFCA Coaches' All-American team.

Price, a junior, was third nationally with 22.5 tackles for a loss in 12 games this season. He has 43.5 tackles for a loss in his 21-game UCLA career.

Forbath, a junior, made 26 of 29 field goals this season, ranking him second nationally with 2.17 field goals per game. He has made 70 of 81 field goals in his three years at UCLA and is a finalist for the Lou Groza Award.

Chow not interested in San Jose State job

Norm Chow, UCLA's offensive coordinator, said he has no interest in the San Jose State head coach job.

Spartans' Coach Dick Tomey retired and the San Jose Mercury News reported that Chow was included in a preliminary list of candidates. Chow said he has not been contacted by San Jose State officials and intends to remain at UCLA.

-- Chris Foster

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