One More Abuse Tale Before We Let You Go, Mr. Mangino

If you haven’t heard, Kansas head football coach Mark Mangino resigned late yesterday amid the firestorm of allegations that he physically and verbally abused players.  Mangino’s decision shouldn’t surprise anyone that has been alive in the last month, but if Mangino thinks his swift resignation yesterday will stop us from bringing you the latest Mangino abuse tale, boy is he sadly mistaken.  Because as bloggers, we uphold our blogging duties.  One of which is to report any story that combines the elements of bear-crawling, burning hot Astro Turf, seared hand skin, and pictures of said seared hand skin.  Oh yes, it’s the mother of all Mangino abuse tales.

At the beginning of an afternoon workout in August of ’03, Mangino told [defensive lineman Cory] Kipp to see him after practice to undergo punishment for the player’s failure to weigh-in earlier that day.

Kipp began the crawl and, after moving several yards, felt a burning sensation in his hands. On multiple occasions, Kipp said, he stopped to complain that the turf was burning his hands — according to a University of Arkansas report, artificial playing surfaces have been documented at up to 199 degrees in temperature — but was ordered by Mangino, who was walking alongside the crawling player, to keep going.

By the time Kipp had finished, the skin near the heel of his hand had been completely seared, and photos provided to the Journal-World depict blistering and a sizable area of missing skin.

As a result of the injury, Kipp said, he was forced to undergo extensive treatment on his hand by then-head football trainer Carol Jarosky throughout the next three weeks, and although he said at least two members of the coaching staff were aware of the injury, he was told to practice through it.

“It wasn’t like because my hand was burned, I took a couple days off,” Kipp said. “They made me practice.”

Now that we’ve upheld our bloggeristic duties, you may now ride off into the sunset, Mr. Mangino.

Ex-player accuses Mangino of mistreatment (KU Sports)

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