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Cyclones Make Splash, Hire Mark Mangino As Offensive Coordinator

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AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State football made a splash Monday. The announcement that former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino was hired as Paul Rhoads' offensive coordinator made waves beyond central Iowa.

"I am beyond thrilled to welcome Coach Mangino to the Cyclone football family," Rhoads said in a statement before his scheduled 4:30 p.m. press conference. "He has an imaginative offensive mind, an ability to play to his players' strengths, a track record of winning and a tremendous familiarity with the Big 12 Conference. In terms of calling plays and executing a game plan, he is top shelf. He has learned from a 'Who's Who' of college coaches, effectively led his own championship program and is respected throughout the coaching ranks."

Mangino needs no introduction. He was the national Coach of the Year in 2007 when his Jayhawks went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl. His eight-year record at the football graveyard was 50-48.

With no disrespect to Youngstown State, where he had been assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach in 2013. Mangino had been in major-college football exile for the last four years after agreeing with KU on a $3 million buyout. Mangino left Kansas under a dark cloud, having been accused of making insensitive remarks by many former players, and having a series of anger issues in his time there.

But Iowa State is Rhoads' program, and Rhoads clearly needed a capable hand at the offensive wheel after the travails of last season's 3-9 season, which got offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham fired. ISU was eighth in the Big 12 in total offense and ninth in scoring offense.

"He brings 19 years of Big 8 and Big 12 experience, first of all," Rhoads said in Ames Monday afternoon in a press gathering.

"I think he was having a lot of fun coaching at Youngstown State. I think the opportunity to jump back in this league lit a fire under him.

"His offenses have executed with efficiency and ease, and I like that.

"This will very much be a Mark Mangino-led offense.

"There's a lot of people that are very excited (about hiring Mangino) and with good reason."

Rhoads also hired Louis Ayeni as his running backs coach. Ayeni is coming off a 4-year stint in a similar position at Toledo.

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