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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Oklahoma assistant Mark Mangino was hired Tuesday as football coach at Kansas after helping the Sooners win the national championship last year.

Mangino, the Sooners' offensive coordinator, replaces Terry Allen, who was fired with three games left in his fifth straight losing season. The Jayhawks have had six straight losing years in the rugged Big 12 Conference.

Mangino's appointment was announced at a campus news conference.

Two days earlier, Mangino had issued a statement saying he was withdrawing from consideration for the job.

Before joining head coach Bob Stoops at Oklahoma three years ago, Mangino was an assistant for eight years at Kansas State. Known as a standout recruiter, he was the Sooners' offensive coordinator the past two years.

Athletic director Al Bohl, who was hired last summer to turn around the football program, fired Allen on Nov. 4 with three games remaining and replaced him with interim head coach Tom Hayes.

The Jayhawks finished 3-8, losing 59-0 to Texas and 49-7 to Iowa State under Hayes before closing out with a 27-14 win over Wyoming. Their only victory in the Big 12 was over Texas Tech.

Mangino is stepping into a tough situation. Bohl has bragged that he will build Kansas into a national power that supplants Kansas State as the No. 1 program in the state.

A year ago, Mangino won the Frank Broyles award as the nation's best assistant football coach.

Brooks Barta, a former Kansas State linebacker who now coaches in high school, remembers Mangino as a personable and capable coach and effective recruiter.

``I think he has great organizational skills and great people skills,'' he said. ``He was the recruiting coordinator when I was there and he did a good job because he could organize those things and make connections with people.''