Kansas, Mangino reach settlement

Updated: December 17, 2009, 9:15 AM ET
Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Former Kansas Jayhawks football coach Mark Mangino will be paid $3 million as part of a settlement both sides signed last week.

The university announced the payout Wednesday and said the settlement will be paid by Dec. 24 through private funds raised by the athletics department, with no taxpayer money involved.

Mangino resigned earlier this month amid allegations that he mistreated his players. He had four years left on his contract, worth $2.3 million per year, or a total of $9.2 million.

After Mangino went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl in 2007, he was given a big raise and contract extension through 2012 and honored as national coach of the year.

"We appreciate the eight years that Mark has given to rebuilding our football program," Kansas athletics director Lew Perkins said in a statement. "He and the university have reached a mutually satisfactory agreement that reflects the appreciation we have for his efforts on behalf of Kansas football."

Mangino will continue to receive health insurance through March 30 and life insurance through June 30.

The settlement says it nullifies an investigation into physical and mental abuse of Kansas players by Mangino. It also negates a termination letter the university had given him on Dec. 3, before he decided to resign.

Mangino was replaced this week by former Buffalo coach Turner Gill, who played quarterback at Nebraska.

Mangino had been defiant to the end, insisting after a last-second loss to Missouri in the season finale that he had done nothing wrong and intended to serve out his contract. He finished with a record of 50-48, two victories shy of A.R. Kennedy's school record set in the early 1900s.

After winning their first five games this season and rising to No. 16 in the rankings, the Jayhawks were favored by many to win the Big 12 North.

Instead, Kansas failed to win another game, finishing the 5-7 season with a 41-39 loss to Missouri. That defeat kept the Jayhawks from becoming bowl eligible for what would have been a school-record third straight year.


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