Mangino Promotes Two On KU Football Staff

Feb. 12, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Ed Warinner and Brandon Blaney, two long-time members of the Kansas football coaching staff, have been promoted it was announced by Jayhawk head football coach Mark Mangino on Thursday.

Warinner, the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, has added the title of associate head coach. Blaney, who has served as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, has added assistant offensive line coach to his responsibilities.

“Ed and Brandon are very deserving of these promotions,” Mangino said. “They will continue to have a positive impact on our offense with their expanded responsibilities.”

Warinner is entering his fifth season at Kansas and third as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The veteran coach was the team’s offensive line coach and run-game coordinator in 2003 and 2004 before moving to Illinois for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

Warinner returned to Kansas ahead of the 2007 campaign and his offenses have been among the nation’s best, while establishing a number of school records in each of the last two years.

In 2007 the Jayhawks ranked second in the NCAA in scoring at 42.77 points per game, while ranking eighth in total offense (479.77) and 17th in passing offense (291.00). Last season KU was eighth nationally in passing (305.62), 21st in total offense (432.38) and 22nd in scoring (33.38).

Blaney, who is entering his eighth year at Kansas and 10th season with Mangino, will assist John Reagan with the offensive line in addition to continuing coaching the tight ends and serving as recruiting coordinator.

Blaney worked with the offensive line for four years as a student assistant at Youngstown State when he began his coaching career. Last year one of Blaney’s tight ends Derek Fine, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills after a record-setting career at Kansas.

After serving as KU’s assistant recruiting coordinator from 2003-05, Blaney became the coordinator in 2006.

Fresh off its Insight Bowl victory, the team’s third straight bowl win, the Jayhawks will begin Spring practice Monday, March 9. Spring drills will conclude with the Spring Game on Saturday, April 11 at a time to be announced.

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