Mark Mangino Weight: Do Mangino's Problems Stem From His Weight?
Kansas football coach Mark Mangino seems to be in a whole heap of trouble after reports about his behavior have become public. Mark Mangino reportedly yelled and grabbed one of his players during practice. Mangino also reportedly had an ugly run-in with a campus security guard. The school says that they are conducting an internal investigation on the Mark Mangino affair.
Kansas City Star columnist Jason Whitlock had a different take on the Mark Mangino incident. The rabble-rousing columnist said that the real issue is not Mark Mangino's conduct, but Mark Mangino's weight.
How much does Mark Mangino weigh? Whitlock gives a Mark Mangino weight estimate that is somewhere in the area of 450 to 500 pounds.
Whitlock contends that Mark Mangino's problems stem from his weight.
The weight and the stress form a perfect recipe for depression. They can put your mind in a very negative place. They can make you moody and volatile.
Whitlock goes on to add:
In more than seven years of covering Mangino’s Jayhawks, I’ve never heard anyone associated with the program describe him as “happy.”
Mangino coaches from an angry place. It’s not surprising, to me, given his weight problem.
Whitlock's take on Mangino's weight doesn't seem to make much sense. Weight may affect mood and temperament, but it's just one of a myriad of factors.
It's hard to imagine that another coach accused of violence would have their body shape come into question. As I recall, Woody Hayes wasn't the biggest guy in the world and he certainly wasn't a sweetheart. It's hard to believe that anyone would write a column about Woody Hayes saying that his abusive behavior stemmed from his waistline.
And if Jason Whitlock thinks that Mark Mangino's weight affects his performance, shouldn't he point out that thin coaches are better performers. Imagine a Jason Whitlock column about how Pat Riley's svelte physique makes him an NBA legend.
Whitlock's Mark Mangino weight column is just another shot at Mangino and his size, a rather weak attempt to create a link between the two things that most casual fans know about Mangino: a) he's kind of a jerk and b) he's fat.
Indeed, Mark Mangino's weight is often the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Mark Mangino. Rival fans revel in Mark Mangino jokes. Even KU fans have gotten in on the act, with some fans wearing T-shirts saying, "Our coach and eat your coach," "Our coach beat annorexia," and "Our coach is PHAT."
Then there's Baby Mangino, a viral Deadspin photo of a baby dressed up like Mark Mangino.
Mark Mangino may or may not be a decent coach or a decent human being. It would be nice if people could keep his weight out of it.