Mark Mangino is back, and he's loving it

Mark Mangino was the national coach of the year at Kansas in 2007, but hasn't seen the sidelines since resigning from his position in 2009. That came amid allegations of player mistreatment and following a season that saw his Jayhawks lose their final seven games after ascending into the top 15.

This spring, Mangino's finally made it back on the sidelines. This time, he's at his alma mater, Youngstown State, coaching tight ends and serving as recruiting coordinator.

Colleague Mitch Sherman caught up with Mangino, who's in the odd position of working under 41-year-old Eric Wolford, whom Mangino coached on the offensive line at Kansas State back in the 1990s.

"Of the opportunities that were presented to me, [Youngstown State] might not have been the best-paying or the biggest program," Mangino said, "but it was the best fit."

Mangino is also healthier these days, too. From Sherman:

His wife's cancer fight provided perspective. Mangino, long overweight, said he recognized the need to address his own health.

"I'm living a healthier lifestyle now and taking better care of myself," Mangino said. "I'm not putting football ahead of myself. I've learned that's not a great idea. I still have work to do, but I feel terrific, and I'm continuing to improve in that area."

Good stuff from Sherman on a guy any Big 12 fan knows pretty well. Get caught up with an interesting figure in Big 12 history.