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Mangino among early CU football candidates

It’s been about 24 hours since the news broke about Jon Embree’s firing, but the first names to find his replacement are starting to pop up.

Multiple sources told Mile High Sports on Monday that former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino and the University of Colorado have expressed mutual interest in one another regarding CU’s now open head coaching position. Mangino would also be open to serving as CU’s offensive coordinator should he not be named the team’s head coach.

Mangino would bring plenty of baggage to Boulder after his controversial firing in December 2009, where he was accused of verbally abusing players. But the notoriously hefty former coach was also the 2007 Woody Hayes national coach of the year and 2007 Big 12 Coach of the Year after leading the Jayhawks to a 12-1 record and an Orange Bowl victory. The 56-year-old Mangino coached Kansas from 2002 to 2009, amassing a 50-48 record in his eight seasons in charge.

There is a connection between Mangino and CU. CU athletic director Mike Bohn graduated from Kansas in 1983, and Mangino played against CU in the Big 12 his entire time as Jayhawks coach. According to sources, Mangino originally contacted CU about the head coaching position, and the school expressed mutual interest.

A CU spokesman declined comment on the report.

In addition, CBS 4′s Vic Lombardi reported on Monday that a current D-I coach has already been contacted by CU regarding the school’s head coaching position. The Denver Post reports Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter and Colorado School of Mines coach Bob Stitt are two other potential candidates, although former Ohio State boss Jim Tressel and current Air Force coach Troy Calhoun are not candidates, according to the same report.

Mile High Sports will have more on the CU coaching search as news develops.

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