Posted by Chip Patterson
It may seem like an exaggeration, but the 1-2 Minnesota Golden Gophers have could be 3-0 right now. If it weren't for USC's Robert Woods 97-yard kick return TD in the late third quarter or a few bad bounces against South Dakota, the Gophers would be feeling very different about their season.
But yet another sluggish start for Minnesota has the Golden Gophers looking for answers. Reports have made it seem to look like they will be looking to a former coach and friend of the program to help with those answers.
It's been less than a year, but it appears that former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino is returning to college football. According to a local report, Mangino has been hired by the University of Minnesota in a non-coaching role to assist current head coach Tim Brewster.
KSTP Channel 5, an ABC affiliate in Minneapolis, is reporting that Mangino had been hired as a consultant to University of Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster.
Several Minnesota media outlets reported over the weekend that Mangino was on the Gophers’ sideline during their loss to USC last Saturday.
On Wednesday afternoon, University of Minnesota officials refuted the report in response to an email sent by the Journal-World late Tuesday night.
Mangino, the 2007 Coach of the Year, left Kansas amidst allegations of verbal and physical player abuse. The end of Mangino's era at Kansas were included some of the most successful in Jayhawks history. In that 2007 season, Kansas was 12-1 and made their schools first BCS appearance ever in the Orange Bowl.
The Jayhawks dominating defense was one the characteristics of Mangino's team, and if there a spot where he can help immediately at Minnesota it is on the defensive side of the ball. The Golden Gophers are giving up an average 30.0 points per game so far this season, against a relatively soft schedule. Brewster and Mangino should work well together, the two have been known as friends and have often spoken highly of each other.