If the University of Kansas didn't like Mark Mangino, then they won't like Les Miles.
As David Beaty prepares to depart KU, with six wins and 40 losses to his credit heading into Saturday's game with No. 6 Oklahoma, Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long is searching for his replacement.
It has been widely speculated that KU has its eye on former LSU and Oklahoma State skipper Les Miles.
Miles is a loud, brash, unapologetic coach who tells it like it is. He's not afraid to make bold statements in press conferences, write checks that his teams sometimes can't cash, and ruffle feathers, even it those feathers are red and blue and quite sensitive.
More on that later.
He has seen success in his 16 years as a college coach, and he has seen down years.
While at Oklahoma State, his teams were 28-21 in four seasons. He took the Pokes to three bowl games, winning the Houston Bowl in 2002 before losing the Cotton Bowl and Alamo Bowl the next two years.
In his 12 years at LSU, he led the Tigers to bowl games every year, winning eight, including a 2007 national championship with a 38-24 win over Ohio State. His team lost the BCS championship game in 2011.
If he is the No. 1 option, then KU fans should be happy with someone coming into their program with passion. But they already had one in Mangino, and they ran him off.
Mangino and Miles are cut from the same cloth, and neither graduated from their class on sensitivity training.
Mangino coached the Jayhawks from 2002 to 2009.
His first year, the Hawks went 2-10.
He took them to the Tangerine Bowl the next year.
In 2007, Mangino led the team to a 12-1 record and a 24-21 Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech, the best season in school history.
Ironically, that was the same year Miles won the national championship at LSU.
Mangino was making headlines off the field as well. Stories of him getting kicked out of a high school game that his son was playing in, and of his football players getting into fights with the school's beloved basketball players became legend.
Allegations swirled of the coach mistreating his players, being insensitive. We can’t be insensitive in this politically correct world.
When the school let Mangino go after the 2009 season, athletic director Lew Perkins said "I think it's a great job. I think we have some of the finest facilities in the country."
Well, we know neither are true, which is why the program continues to be at the bottom of the Big 12.
Charlie Weis couldn’t win there.
Turner Gill couldn’t win there.
They each had just five wins.
If Kansas is worried about its coach being insensitive, then they should take a pass on Miles.
After his LSU team beat Ole Miss in 2012, he said, "Spectacular group of men. You go find them, you throw your arms around them and give them a big kiss on the mouth."
He is not above cursing during press conferences. He is not above wearing his emotions on his sleeve. For many programs, this would be a perfect fit.
But at Kansas?
Can KU have an outstanding basketball program as well as an outstanding football program? That remains to be seen.
Of the available coaches, Miles is probably the best choice. Kansas may have to open up the vault to get him to come to Lawrence and start from scratch at a school with very little football tradition, talent or community support, especially at age 65.
If he does take the job, the KU alumni will have to buy ear plugs.
They will have to toughen their skin.
Because if Mangino was too wild, how will they handle the Mad Hatter?