AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Mark Mangino is finally ready for a new challenge in the Big 12 after four years away.
Fixing Iowa State's offense figures to be one of the toughest tasks in the league.
Mangino was introduced Thursday as the new offensive coordinator for the Cyclones. It is Mangino's first job at a major program since he left Kansas amid allegations of player mistreatment following the 2009 season.
Mangino was away from football for three years. He spent last season as an assistant at Youngstown State before being lured to Iowa State _ his fourth job in the Big 8/Big 12 _ by coach Paul Rhoads.
Mangino says he believes things happen for a reason, adding that his time away from football was beneficial personally and professionally.
AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Former Kansas coach Mark Mangino has been hired as the offensive coordinator at Iowa State.
Mangino spent eight seasons as the coach at Kansas, winning national coach of the year honors in 2007 and leading the Jayhawks to a win in the Orange Bowl. But Mangino was fired following the 2009 season amid accusations of treating his players poorly.
Mangino was 50-48 at Kansas. He spent three seasons out of football before serving as the assistant head coach at Youngstown State last year.