LAWRENCE, Kan. — A bad year for the Kansas Jayhawks just got worse.
The school said Tuesday that it is investigating an unspecified personnel issue involving coach Mark Mangino, the national coach of the year two seasons ago. And Mangino — his team mired in a five-game losing streak — conceded that he’s lost the support of “some people around here.”
Mangino is alleged to have grabbed, yelled at and put his finger in the chest of a player who had been laughing at a walkthrough or practice prior to the Colorado game on Oct. 17, two people briefed on the situation told ESPN’s Joe Schad on Tuesday night. That was a key incident among others that have been raised by players or parents.
Two people briefed on the investigation process said that no decision on Mangino’s future was imminent and that the process was expected to take at least a few days.
One mother of a player, who asked not to be identified, said that “a majority of parents I believe would tell you that they are not surprised by this investigation.” Some players have threatened to transfer because of what they perceive as having been spoken to in an inappropriate manner, another source said.
Several players and the parents of other players have had meetings with athletic director Lew Perkins about the situation, two sources briefed on the situation told Schad.