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Was Mangino responsible for recruiting successes?



I read something interesting about Nebraska WR Brandon Kinnie's recruitment at Kansas the other day (click here for the article).  After you read the first couple of questions, it's no longer Jayhawk-related, so you can skip the rest.

To sum it up, Brandon Kinnie (a JuCo transfer to NU from Ft. Scott CC here in Kansas in the '09 class) was also offered a scholarship by Mangino and crew.  On a visit to campus, Mangino apparently walked up and introduced himself to Kinnie multiple times, evidently not knowing who he was, and not remembering that they'd already spoken.

Now obviously Kinnie was not Mangino's #1 recruiting priority that year, and he's had only moderate success at Nebraska (31 rec, 383 yds, 3 TD this year), but that's not really the point.  The bottom line is that we offered the kid a scholarship, brought him in for a visit, and Mangino made a fool of himself.

Mangino gets a lot of credit from a lot of people (including me) for bringing some great talent through the KU football program, but this makes me wonder how involved he was in actually getting the players here.  Honestly, it wouldn't bother me to find out that his assistants were doing all the recruiting work, because clearly they were able to bring in some great players.  The problem is that Mangino was so difficult to work with, his assistants had become somewhat of a revolving-door position.  If this is the case, it would certainly explain the inconsistency in recruiting during his tenure.

Maybe I'm reading too much into one recruit's comments, but I've been searching all year for a reason why last year's upperclassmen included guys like Reesing, Meier, Sharp, Briscoe, and Stuckey, while this year's upperclassmen seem to be the weak point on our team.  A lack on continuity among the staff members truly in charge of the recruiting, and a head coach who perhaps wasn't very adept at it, would certainly explain it.

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