His Kansas team came up just a tad short of making the final Bowl Championship Series title game, but Charlie Weis had plenty to say about Florida State's victory over Auburn during an appearance on Keith Olbermann's show.
Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin's journey continued Saturday with a trip to Lawrence, scene of the Kansas State-Kansas game.
The Wildcats brushed aside the Jayhawks, 31-10, leaving Charlie Weis with a two-year record of 4-20. That's one victory shy of Turner Gill's 5-19 two-year mark that led to his firing in 2011. But Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger announced Sunday that Weis wasn't going anywhere — except recruiting.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Kansas will be talking about that trip to the 2008 Orange Bowl 50 years from now. The Jayhawks, under the direction of Mark Manginio, not only earned a trip to a Bowl Championship Series game, they won it, defeating Virginia Tech, 24-21.
Firing Mangino, obviously, was a big mistake.
The good news for Kansas fans is that basketball season has started.
Kansas had won only six games in three seasons and entered last Saturday's opener against South Dakota saddled with an 11-game losing streak. But the Jayhawks are 1-0 to start 2013 after a 31-14 victory over the Coyotes.
Kansas produced four posters — the team poster (top), followed on down by halfback/flanker Tony Pierson, linebacker Ben Heeney and halfback James Sims.
The former Kansas coach was given a field pass to Saturday's game between Kansas State and Miami at Sun Life Stadium. It's the same stadium where Mangino guided the Jayhawks to victory in the 2008 Orange Bowl to complete a 12-win season.
Mangino, who lives in Naples, Fla., spent the game on Kansas State's sideline. He was a full-time assistant at the school from 1994-98.
Kevin Haskin of the Topeka Capital-Journal caught up with Mangino, who left Kansas in December 2009 after allegations of player abuse. Haskin asked Mangino about how it all went down in Lawrence and drew a smile from the coach, who followed with, "No comment."
One thing was clear. Mangino plans on getting back into the business. "I'm just waiting for the right opportunity," he said.
Mangino probably looks good right now to Kansas, which has gone 5-10 under new coach Turner Gill.
Former San Diego State coach and current Kansas offensive coordinator Chuck Long got out from under the auctioneer's gavel last week when he unloaded his dwelling in Poway, Calif., for $850,000.
Long quit making payments in August on the four-bedroom home that he purchased in 2007 for $1.368 million. On Nov. 23, a notice of default was filed in San Diego County and the property was to be auctioned in a trustee's sale on Wednesday.
But the lender accepted a short sale and the auction was canceled, according to Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union-Tribune.