After triumph at Orange Bowl, Mangino earns coach of year award

Kansas Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino, fresh off the team's 24-21 Orange Bowl victory against Virginia Tech, was named the winner of the 2007 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award.

The award, voted on by the Football Writers Association of America and named after the legendary Grambling State coach, was presented Friday night to Mangino, who flew to New Orleans for the awards dinner after the Orange Bowl. Mangino also was named coach of the year by The Associated Press in mid-December.

"I appreciate the award and hope to live up to the high standards of the award for Coach Eddie Robinson," Mangino said. "I will never win as many games as he did. I will run out of time."

Kansas finished the season 12-1, losing only to Missouri, 36-28, in the final game of the regular season. It was the most football victories in a season in school history.

"Mark Mangino won 11 regular-season games and a BCS bowl game at a school which traditionally has not been a major player in college football," FWAA executive director Steve Richardson said. "That, in itself, is reason enough for the award to go to him."