July 31, 2006

High Expectations

During Big 12 media day last week, it became quite clear that Mark Mangino and the Kansas Jayhawks have very high expectations for the upcoming season. If KU hopes to build on last year's success, a number of things will have to take place throughout the course of the year. Mangino is extremely pleased with the foundation of the team and is looking forward to taking some additional steps forward this season.

"As we look forward to this season, you know, I feel like we have a football team that's on a strong foundation," said Mangino. "We obviously had some success last year, able to have a winning season and win a Bowl game. And that success has helped tremendously with our program in terms of the confidence that we're building in our players and the direction that we're going.

"Everything seems to have picked up a pace," he added. "So we're very happy about the fact that we have something to build on. Having been to two Bowl games in three years certainly has helped us."

There is absolutely no doubt that the University of Kansas football program is headed in the right direction under Mangino. During his brief tenure, the Hawks have simply dominated the Missouri Tigers, defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Kansas State Wildcats.

Furthermore, Mangino is starting to bring some highly talented and immediate impact type players to Lawrence. Last year, KU received an early commitment from four-star cornerback Anthony Webb. Tertavian Ingram, Todd Reesing, Jake Sharp, Olaitan Oguntodu and others had impressive scholarship offers on the table, but ultimately decided to play for Mangino.

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