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With fond memories in hand, former KU football coach Mark Mangino calls Saturday visit to Lawrence ‘a business trip’

It’s been 1,817 days since Mark Mangino last coached a game inside Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium, but the wait for his return is down to four.

Mangino, Iowa State’s current offensive coordinator who won 50 games as KU’s head coach from 2002-09, will return to the town where he became a fan favorite and the 2007 consensus national coach of the year on Saturday, when the Cyclones (2-6 overall, 0-5 Big 12) invade Lawrence for a showdown with the Jayhawks (2-6, 0-5).

While the game figures to stir up a variety of emotions for KU fans, former players and even a handful of coaches on both sides of the field Saturday — KU’s Clint Bowen and John Reagan coached under Mangino at Kansas and ISU assistants Tommy Mangino and Brandon Blaney also were on his KU staff — Mangino on Tuesday night sounded much more focused on fixing the ails of the Cyclones than reminiscing about the glory days at Kansas.

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