Big 12: Mark Simmons
The demise of Mark Mangino's coaching tenure can't take away from what he accomplished earlier in his career as he made the Kansas program relevant for the first time in the school's Big 12 history.
Here's a look at the players who shaped Kansas' football history during the past decade.
QB: Todd Reesing
RB: Brandon McAnderson
RB: Jon Cornish
WR: Dezmon Briscoe
WR: Kerry Meier
WR: Mark Simmons
OL: Anthony Collins
OL: Justin Hartwig
OL: Joe Vaughn
OL : Ryan Cantrell
C: Joe Vaughn
DL: James McClinton
DL: Nate Dwyer
DL: David McMillan
DL: Charlton Keith
LB: Nick Reid
LB: Joe Mortensen
LB: James Holt
DB: Aqib Talib
DB: Charles Gordon
DB: Darrell Stuckey
DB: Carl Nesmith
P: Kyle Tucker
K: Scott Webb
KR: Marcus Hereford
Offensive player of the decade: QB Todd Reesing. He wasn't the most imposing physically, but Reesing was ideally suited to direct the Jayhawks as a starter for three seasons as the most statistically proficient quarterback in school history.
Defensive player of the decade: DB Aqib Talib. While dabbling as a two-way player, Talib's biggest talents came as a lockdown cornerback. He earned All-American honors as a junior after leading the nation in passes broken up as a sophomore and claiming All-Big 12 honors in both seasons.
Coach of the decade: Mark Mangino. Despite the controversy when he left the Kansas program, Mangino made the Jayhawks a challenger for the Big 12 North title and took them to a BCS bowl game for the first time. In the process he directed Kansas to three straight bowl victories and earned national coach of the year honors in 2007.
Moment of the decade: An opportunistic defense forced three turnovers to pace the Jayhawks to a 24-21 triumph over Virginia Tech in the 2008 Orange Bowl. Aqib Talib's 60-yard interception return for a touchdown started the scoring and earned him game Most Valuable Player honors. It capped a 12-1 season where the Jayhawks notched a school record for victories.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe's playing status in the program is tenuous with preseason practice set for Aug. 6.
Kansas coach Mark Mangino told Kansas fans Sunday during a trip to the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka, Kan., that Briscoe still isn't assured of playing with the Jayhawks this fall.
"He's on the team and he's day to day," Mangino told the Topeka Capital-Journal. "He's got work to do and he's got to take care of it. It's up to him."
Briscoe was a member of the media's preseason All-Big 12 team announced last week, but has been in Mangino's doghouse since the end of the 2008 season. He was suspended for most of the spring for an undisclosed violation of team rules and missed the Jayhawks' spring game before he was reinstated on April 22.
Briscoe set a Kansas record for receiving yards (1,407) and receiving touchdowns (15) last season as the Jayhawks' most prolific deep threat. His 269 receiving yards against Oklahoma were the most in an NCAA game last season.
Additionally, Briscoe holds the Kansas school record with 22 career touchdown grabs and is only 20 receptions from breaking Mark Simmons' career record of 155.
His potential loss would be huge for the Jayhawks, stripping away their top receiving threat from a team picked to contend for its first berth in the Big 12 championship game.
Mangino also told reporters that quarterback-turned-receiver Kerry Meier will play at his new position all the time with his backup quarterback duties now given to redshirt freshman Kale Pick and freshman Jordan Webb.
But he hopes that Meier still will be grouped with Briscoe and Johnathan Wilson, which would give the Jayhawks one of the nation's top receiving corps if Briscoe is eligible.