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Thursday, December 3, 2009
Updated: December 4, 1:50 PM ET
Mangino out at Kansas

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Kansas coach Mark Mangino has resigned two years after leading the Jayhawks to the greatest season in their football history.

ESPN's Joe Schad first reported the story on Thursday night. The university made the announcement as athletic director Lew Perkins met with players to give them the news. The two sides have reached a buyout, Schad reported.

"We appreciate the eight years that Mark has given to rebuilding our football program," Perkins said in a statement on the school's Web site. "He and I have reached a mutually satisfactory agreement that reflects the appreciation we have for his efforts on behalf of Kansas football."

The school said last month it would probe Mangino's treatment of his team. In the following days, many former players described insensitive, humiliating remarks they claim he made to them during games or practice, often in front of others.

But next came a wave of support by former and current players, who credited Mangino with making them better players and men. The investigation into Mangino was conducted by Lori Williams, Kansas assistant athletic director for risk management.

"It's been tough on a lot of people, but probably the most important thing is the kids," Perkins said. "It's been pretty tough on them. The kids are the ones I'm concerned [with]."

Perkins declined to answer when asked if Mangino was given the option to stay. He also refused to describe the school's settlement with its former coach, other than to say it was satisfactory to all parties. After going 12-1 in 2007, winning the Orange Bowl and being honored as the national coach of the year, Mangino was given a raise and contract extension through 2012. He would have been due $6.6 million if fired without cause.

The Jayhawks won the first five games of the season before going on a seven-game losing streak. Mangino was 50-48 in eight years, two victories short of A.R. Kennedy's school record of 52 from 1904 to '10.

Perkins said assistants David Beaty, Clint Bowen and Bill Miller would share interim coaching duties until a permanent replacement is found.

"I think it's a great job. I think we have some of the finest facilities in the country," he said.

Possible candidates include Texas A&M offensive coordinator Nolan Cromwell, a great wishbone quarterback at Kansas in the mid-'70s, Connecticut coach Randy Edsall, Houston coach Kevin Sumlin and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen.

Many players were laughing as they emerged from the brief meeting Thursday, though one said that was only because of the cluster of reporters shivering in the cold waiting for them.

"Some players will be happy to see him go and others will be sad to see him go," defensive back Justin Thornton said. "He did a lot of good for a lot of people here."

Throughout his tenure, Mangino was plagued by anger issues, starting when he was involved in an embarrassing row with officials while watching his son's high school game. Also, following a close loss to Texas, he accused officials of rigging the game so the Big 12 could get a second school into a BCS game and make more money. He issued an apology later that night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.