Former Kansas football coach Mark Mangino will be returning to Lawrence as part of a celebration for the 2007-08 Orange Bowl team.
Mangino, who went 50-48 in eight seasons at KU, will be ceremonially added to the school’s Hall of Fame on Sept. 2 before the Kansas football team’s season opener against Southeast Missouri State. KU also will be inducting the 2007-08 team then while individually honoring cornerback Aqib Talib and offensive lineman Anthony Collins, who will be added to the Ring of Honor on the north end of Memorial Stadium.
The 2007-08 Jayhawks finished 12-1 with an Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech. That season, Mangino won national coach of the year from eight different organizations, including the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press and Sporting News.
Two years later, Mangino was forced to resign following a 5-7 season. His only coaching return to Memorial Stadium was in 2014 as the offensive coordinator for Iowa State.
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After the Sept. 2 ceremony, Mangino will have his name and photo displayed on the west wall of the Booth Family Hall of Athletics at Allen Fieldhouse.
Talib and Collins, who will be the 17th and 18th inductees into the Ring of Honor, will be the first players added since 2008. Talib’s appearance will come more than a week before his pro team’s first game, as the Denver Broncos play host to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 11.