[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ark Mangino is returning to the college game.
More than three years after coaching his last game at Kansas, Mangino will return to the sidelines as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Youngstown State.
It’s a reunion of sorts for Magino and Penguins head coach Eric Wolford. Wolford played for Mangino at Kansas State and they coached together at the school when Wolford was a graduate assistant working with the offensive line.
“Every coaching job I have ever taken was a rebuilding project, but this program is not rebuilding,” Mangino said. “This program has the potential to have a very good year and that’s a credit to Eric Wolford, his staff and his team.”
Wolford took over the Penguins in 2010. After a 3-8 record his first year, he’s led the Penguins to back-to-back winning seasons, including a 7-4 mark in 2012.
“I am a big believer in Coach Wolford’s ‘no shortcuts’ approach that focuses on getting results on and off the field,” Mangino said. “This school is near and dear to my heart and I’ll work very hard with Coach Wolford to get the job done.”
Mangino, who coached at Kansas from 2002-09, parted ways with the program when then-athletic director Lew Perkins launched an internal investigation into allegations of improper treatment of players.
Perkins retired in 2011 in the midst of another controversy after it was revealed that five employees and a consultant allegedly had participated in a scheme to sell football and basketball tickets for personal gain.
Mangino led the Jayhawks to back-to-back bowl bids for the first time in school history, including a win over Virginia Tech in the 2008 Orange Bowl.
His return to coaching was delayed when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011.