Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

David Beaty: Mark Mangino Hall of Fame Induction 'Unbelievable Justification'

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

David Beaty: Mark Mangino Hall of Fame Induction 'Unbelievable Justification'

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LAWRENCE -- Mark Mangino gave David Beaty his first Power Five coaching gig.

For that, the current Kansas football head coach says he's not sure he can ever show his proper gratitude -- though he may not be alone in that respect.

"The things he did for this university," Beaty said Friday, "I don't know that I can ever be as grateful as I really should be, and probably a lot of us, for what he's done for our program."

KU announced Tuesday that Mangino would be inducted into the program's Hall of Fame, alongside former players Aqib Talib and Anthony Collins as individual inductions and the Orange Bowl-winning squad from 2007 as a team induction.

Mangino will be part of a ceremony honoring the 10-year anniversary of the Orange Bowl victory during the Jayhawks' season opener Sept. 2 against Southeast Missouri State. It will be the first public acknowledgement of Mangino from the university since his messy split following the 2009 season, when Mangino was forced to resign amid allegations he abused his players.

Beaty, who worked two seasons (2008-09) as a wide receivers coach under Mangino, vouched for his former boss' character.

"You know, I worked with Coach (Mangino), and I'll tell you this: I never saw anything but complete professionalism," Beaty said. "I never saw anything but a guy that just worked his guys and prepared them for every situation a man could be prepared for. Coached 'em hard, loved 'em hard, required them to give everything they could to this university. But in return, he took care of them like they were his own kids.

"So I was inside of it, and that's what it was like."

Mangino, who went 12-1 in 2007 and 50-48 overall in his eight seasons at KU (2002-09), was offered the opportunity this summer during a phone call with Beaty and KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger.

"They were really enthusiastic about it and I appreciate that," Mangino told The Topeka Capital-Journal. "David doesn't have to do that. It was almost like they were recruiting me to come and they did a good job. They want me to be there and I appreciate that, and the appreciation the current administration has for our football program. …

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