Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Trip in Time: Jayhawks Limp in Mark Mangino's Debut as KU Coach

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Trip in Time: Jayhawks Limp in Mark Mangino's Debut as KU Coach

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TRIP IN TIME

15 years ago | Aug. 31, 2002

IOWA STATE 45, KANSAS 3

AMES, Iowa -- After assembling his first recruiting class roughly seven months earlier, new Kansas coach Mark Mangino promised opportunities as he took over the Jayhawks.

"I don't care if a young man's a freshman or a fifth-year senior,'' Mangino said. "If a guy's ready to play and compete at this level, we're going to play him. We're not going to worry about seniority.''

Mangino's debut was proof Kansas was short on talent.

The Jayhawks allowed 511 yards and gained just 150 as Iowa State rolled 45-3 in the Big 12 opener for both teams at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State had already played a game, staging a second-half comeback that scared No. 3 Florida State before the Cyclones fell 38-31 in the Eddie Robinson Classic at Arrowhead Stadium.

Bill Whittemore, a junior-college transfer who would quarterback Kansas to a bowl game in Mangino's second season, was summoned in the second half against the Cyclones. …

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