When a relationship is broken, there tends to be a moment when both parties know it's really over for good. For Kansas football fans trying to get over the resignation of former coach Mark Mangino and move forward with new coach Turner Gill, Wednesday brought forth a couple of developments that should help to bring needed closure.
In the morning, the last of Mangino's staff was let go when Kansas wide-receivers coach David Beaty was asked to clean out his office.
In the afternoon, Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins released the details of the settlement agreement between the athletic department and Mangino that will pay Mangino $3æmillion as he exits. Mangino had four years remaining on his contract, which would have paid him $2.3æmillion per year.
The settlement will be paid through private funds raised by Kansas Athletics; no state taxpayer funds will be used.
"We appreciate the eight years that Mark has given to rebuilding our football program," Perkins said. "He and the university have reached a mutually satisfactory agreement that reflects the appreciation we have for his efforts on behalf of Kansas football."
Mangino, who went 50-48 and led Kansas to four bowl games, has not spoken publicly about his resignation, which occurred after Perkins launched an investigation into Mangino's treatment of players. As part of the settlement, the results of the investigation will be locked away in Mangino's personnel file.
What would Mangino have to say on his behalf? His last words from his postgame news conference after KU's 41-39 loss to Missouri offer a hint: "Let me tell you something. Everybody has a different perception of people, especially when you have a profile such as a college football coach. And I will tell you that I may be one of the more pleasant people to deal with in college football. Trust me."
The first days of the Gill era have not been pleasant for anyone associated with Mangino. On Tuesday, Gill parted ways with every KU assistant coach — except Beaty — and the entire strength and conditioning staff. It was believed Beaty had a chance to be a part of Gill's staff because of his strong Texas ties in recruiting, but on Wednesday, Beaty was let go, too.
While Gill did not comment Tuesday on KU's fired assistants, he did issue a statement Wednesday on Beaty.
"It was a very difficult decision on not hiring David Beaty," Gill said. "I am carefully and specifically putting together the best staff for the University of Kansas football program."
Gill has already appointed three members of his staff — offensive coordinator Chuck Long, defensive coordinator Carl Torbush and tight ends/special-teams coach Aaron Stamm. According to Rivals.com, Gill, Long and Torbush have all been out recruiting, making visits to KU's oral commitments for the 2010 class.
Gill's new staff received some good news on Wednesday night when Snow (Utah) College quarterback Quinn Mecham signed a letter of intent with Kansas on junior-college signing day. Mecham is the No. 2 ranked juco quarterback in the 2010 class.