Has there ever been a more contentious 38-point victory in football?
Oklahoma’s 41-3 win over KU in Lawrence on Saturday started with the Jayhawks captains refusing to shake hands with the Sooners’ captains after the coin toss. OU quarterback Baker Mayfield then threw insults to the fans and touchdowns to his receivers.
KU’s Dorance Armstrong jawed with Mayfield before the game, and the Jayhawks had at least one cheap shot on Mayfield. The Sooners star later made a lewd gesture.
All of this started with the handshake snub, which the Jayhawks players thought would inspire their teammates, show they would stand their ground against the Sooners and maybe get under Mayfield’s skin.
Digital Access For Only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
At least one person thought this was not a wise plan: former KU coach Mark Mangino.
On Saturday night, Mangino retweeted The Star’s Jesse Newell, who shared a link to his game story. Mangino added this message: “What kind of strategy is that?”
Mangino was KU’s head coach from 2002-2009, and was on the sideline when the Jayhawks won the 2008 Orange Bowl. He had a 50-48 record at KU. After leaving the program, Mangino had assistant coaching jobs at Youngstown State and Iowa State.
In September, Mangino was inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame.