Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Fat City: Part Three

Who is the big guy behind the sunglasses? Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star tells us all about Mark Mangino. As you can imagine, it's a large and lenghty story, but we'll do our best to capsulize.

Mangino dropped out of college, drove an ambulance around Pennsylvania and — in his late 20s — went back to school. He coached at the high school for one season and his team finished 1-9.

Clearly, it was time for Plan B: Mangino packed his family and $500 into a Ryder truck and drove west to become and unpaid graduate assistant coach for the worst program in college football. He was 35, married with two kids, and they all lived in the basement of a friend’s house for six weeks and — not surprisingly — ate pizza most nights because they had coupons.

Today he has the Kansas Jayhawks at 11-0 and No. 2 in a Bowl Championship Series standings.

Seriously, what's not to like about the big guy.

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