KU Amends, Extends Mangino Contract

July 15, 2008

Lawrence, Kan. – University of Kansas Football Coach Mark Mangino has signed an amendment to his contract that raises his compensation to $2.3 million per year and extends the agreement two years.

The revised contract begins retroactively on January 1, 2008, and expires on December 31, 2012. The original contract would have expired after the 2010 season. Kansas Athletics raises private funds to cover Coach Mangino’s compensation package. No tuition dollars or state funds are used.

“This is an appropriate reward for someone who has done a terrific job with the Kansas football program,” said KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins. “Chancellor Hemenway and I think it’s important that we not only reward Mark for the job he’s done, but also give him the support and stability he needs to keep this football program a successful and nationally respected program. We think the Orange Bowl championship is just the beginning.”

Under the amended contract, Kansas Athletics will pay Mangino $1,770,100 per year for professional services rendered, an increase of some $500,000. The professional services may include educational, public relations and promotional duties as assigned by the director of athletics. Such duties could include, but are not limited to, the production of any radio or television shows, Internet features or Mangino’s occasional endorsement of products affiliated with and approved by Kansas Athletics or its marketing partner(s).

Mangino’s annual salary remains at $229,900. The contract also includes several provisions for incentives that could total as much as an additional $675,000 in any one year. In addition, if Mangino remains head coach at Kansas until December 31, 2012, he will receive a retention payment of $1,500,000.

“I want to thank Chancellor Hemenway and Lew for their strong and continued support,” Mangino said. “We all share the same vision for excellence in our football program I appreciate their support of our mission to keep KU football a nationally ranked and respected program, both on the field and in the classroom.”

Mangino, who is entering his seventh year at KU, was the consensus national coach of the year in 2007 after guiding the Jayhawks to a 12-1 record, a final national ranking of seventh and KU’s first-ever BCS Bowl victory, a 24-21 decision over Atlantic Coast Conference champion Virginia Tech in the FedEx Orange Bowl.

In the last five years, Mangino has guided the Jayhawks to four six-plus win seasons, three bowl games and the BCS Bowl game victory. KU enters 2008 having won 15 of its last 17 games under Mangino’s direction.

The KU football program earned unprecedented national recognition in 2007. After being tabbed to finish fourth in the Big 12 North Division, the Jayhawks tied for the division championship with a 7-1 conference mark. KU rose to second in the nation in the national polls in late November, earned a BCS bowl berth and landed three players on All-America teams.

Five of Mangino’s players at KU have earned Associated Press All-America honors and two received Academic All-America recognition. In the last five years, 61 Jayhawks have earned All-Big 12 honors – an average of 12 per year.

In addition, more than three dozen of Mangino’s Jayhawks have earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors and several have been second-team selections.

His 37 victories at Kansas rank fourth all-time at the University; he is the only coach to lead the Jayhawks to three bowl games.