Briscoe's departure strips Jayhawks of top playmaker

There wasn't much surprise that Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe decided to declare for the NFL draft.

But it was a little surprising that the decision came so quickly on the heels of Mark Mangino's resignation.

Briscoe learned a lot of lessons from his old coach -- most notably the importance of going to class after his suspension this spring.

His departure will make whomever is hired at Kansas' rebuilding job a little bit tougher.

Mack Brown's first big recruiting victory after he took over at Texas was convincing Ricky Williams to remain for his senior season. It helped jump-start his turnaround and helped push the Longhorns into the Cotton Bowl in his first season.

Briscoe's return wouldn't have been that big. But it still would have made things easier for Jim Harbaugh, Turner Gill, Larry Fedora, Nolan Cromwell or whoever is hired by Lew Perkins.