Earlier this offseason after Kentucky fired Shannon Dawson, former Kansas head Mark Mangino was a rumored candidate for UK's next offensive coordinator.
That rumor was quickly debunked though after Mangino, who was Iowa State's offensive coordinator last year, was fired in an ugly situation.
As it turns out, a Mangino will be joining UK's offensive staff after all, though it will come in the form of his son, Tommy Mangino, a source confirmed to Jon Hale of The Courier-Journal. Hale cautions that the deal with Mangino is not official, but it looks like he'll be coming to UK as an offensive quality control coach.
Hale also reports that UK is expected to a hire two more coaches for similar roles on defense and special teams.
The offensive quality control position, which is new to the staff, will report to new UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran but will not serve as one of the nine full-time assistants. UK is also expected to hire quality control coaches to help with defense and special teams. The official university job positing described the position as a "close assistant to a coordinator of the University of Kentucky football program." The quality control coach will "work ahead of coaches, and break down game film, charting opponent tendencies." The coach will be expected to "produce quality reports with developed statistical analysis for a coordinator."
Say what you want about Mark, but he was easily one of the top offensive minds in football during his days at Kanas before he was let go, so hopefully his son can add a little spice to the Kentucky offense.
Tommy originally joined the Cyclones staff as their wide receivers coach in 2014 after spending 2013 at Arkansas as an offensive graduate assistant, so he has some experience coaching in the SEC.
Prior to his time in Fayetteville, Mangino served on the coaching staff of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. He served as offensive coordinator in 2012, as the Blue Dragons tied or broke 15 school records, including a team record in pass completions and individual records in total offense, passing yards, rushing yards and receptions.
Mangino served as the passing game coordinator for Hutchinson in 2011. That season, the Blue Dragons set a school record with 601 points on the season. In 2010, Mangino was responsible for HCC’s quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Combined across his three seasons at Hutchinson, Mangino’s quarterbacks threw for 7,200 yards and 78 touchdowns. He also played a key role in developing 2013 NFL Draft first-round pick Cordarrelle Patterson, who now plays for the Minnesota Vikings.
Prior to that, Mangino served as an offensive graduate assistant at Kansas for two seasons (2008-09). He primarily worked the quarterbacks and wide receivers, helping quarterback Todd Reesing break nine school records and NFL wideout Dez Briscoe earn All-Big 12 honors.
"He was outstanding back as a GA developing young players, developing the wide receivers and running the scout team," former Kansas assistant Brandon Blamey said. "They were well coached. They knew what they were doing. That wasn’t any disorganization. That is what you look for with a young coach."
We should probably expect Mangino to spend more time working with the receivers at Kentucky with Eddie Gran having control of the quarterbacks. As reported earlier, Lamar Thomas is expected to join UK's staff as the new wide receivers coach, but he had help from Nick Petrino at Louisville developing their receivers, so we may see a similar situation at Kentucky.