Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Message To Kansas: Salvage School Spirit, Fire Mangino Immediately
Here, in America, a program is suffocating. There’s collateral damage poisoning a dignified program as most of us are accustomed to in basketball more than football.
Either way, that is, the self-destruction floating around the campus of Kansas is repulsive if you believe in the allegations. Whether a multitude of players dislike or jaded of the alleged physical and mental insults, the Jawhawks are responsible and suffer academia mockery for questionable insults and threats.
There’s much to dislike about Mark Mangino, coach of Kansas, if the accusations are true. All players are giving their sides of the story, and for all we know, each of their stories could be dishonest. But it’s rational to believe statements of kids who’ve played under Mangino, and experienced wrongdoing behind closed doors.
Today, our society emphasizes the significance of discipline, meaning strict structure might have been Mangino’s preference as a way of inspiring toughness. If so, Mangino is conducting the program like average coaches. As most conceive it as a disturbing issue, their instincts could downright be accurate, if the whining statements are true.
Several ex-Kansas players are accusing Mangino. He has been described as a hideous creature that has no respect and class as a head coach. Believing several ex-Kansas players is more common, obviously when there are so many willing to uncover the truth and bring down Mangino.
Now under fire, Kansas’ administration has a tough investigation to withstand. The university could lose out on potential recruits as parents will believe several kids more than Mangino, who’s trying to reestablish an inexcusable image.
Supporters trust in Mangino until the truth surfaces, while doubters will have grudges until he’s dismissed. For now, evidence is baffling of his immoral tirades and confrontations even though receiver Raymond Brown admittedly notified the public of Mangino’s anger issues. In fact, his anger problems are erroneous to a point he allegedly used racial threats towards Brown.
“If you don’t shut up, I’m going to send you back to St. Louis so you can get shot with your homies” If this is true, shame on Mangino. No player deserves that kind of discipline, where a player is insulted of racial and threatening remarks. Among players, the respect level degenerates and players could give up on Mangino, in which they won’t listen or follow the coaching formula.
There’s Marcus Herford, who told his side of the story. He said that Mangino send him “back to the street corner where you came from.” Sometimes, it’s hard to believe all statements heard. All the messy accusations might be a gimmick in a program that rarely inherits attention on a football standpoint. The negativity in Kansas lately is the most fame seen all seasons.
The Jawhawks aren’t highly regarded in football, a mediocre program having a substandard season. When Mangino arrived, he was responsible for reconstructing a shoddy program. In five seasons, Kansas cruised on a 12-1 record and qualified for a national title, in which Mangino was named Associated Press Coach of the Year in 2007. But now, he’s named Associated Press Bully of the Year.
None of the negativity would have surfaced, if Mangino hadn’t lost five games. With Kansas’ cultural aspects at a minimum on the football level, bringing out disturbing news is a ploy for making headlines. Nothing is imposing when the Jawhawks possess a 5-6 record, which should bring us to questions on if Mangino is under fire for a terrible season or pending allegations that might not be precise.
So now, athletic director, Lew Perkins, is investigating the current episodes of any physical abuse. There’s a solution for removing all disruptions and poisoning images to salvage optimism and trust within a popular brand name in sports. If the program dismissed Mangino, the Jawhawks won’t lose out on recruits and a program known for prestige still remains intact.
Until then, Kansas is perceived differently. If there’s truth to the matter, now is a good time to remove Mangino. Sure, college athletes need discipline, but not physical abuse or threatening insults. That’s unacceptable in an age when parents could file lawsuits and cost a program millions for a coach’s actions. As long as he’s there, kids won't be willing to play for Mangino.
They’ll reject offers and commit elsewhere, where an education is ensured and athletic programs are durable in qualifying for a BCS berth. But at Kansas, Mangino’s reputation scares off a multitude of prospects, unsure of the truth or next hissy fit.
I don’t blame them, and I definitely don’t blame parents.
Mangino must get out of there immediately, even if it’s abuse or motivation.