KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- You tell Mark Mangino that the local papers have mooted him as the next offensive coordinator at Kentucky, ready to swoop in and save another basketball school from football hell. And Mark Mangino just laughs.
"No kidding? I'd better grab my bags," the former Kansas football coach says with a chortle. "(New Kentucky coach) Mark Stoops is a friend of mine. Great guy. He'll do a heck of a job there. But that's not something right now that interests me. And I think he has some people in mind (already).
"I'm not trying to be picky. I'm just trying to be smart with what I do."
As of early Thursday morning, Wisconsin and Tennessee were still looking for coaches. Ditto South Florida, Temple, Louisiana Tech, Northern Illinois and Kent State. Bret Bielema threw the cognoscenti for a loop when he jumped from Wisconsin to Arkansas; Butch Jones may or may not be leaving Cincinnati for Colorado, depending on which report you hold as gospel.
While the coaching carousel ke...