Eric Mangini ’94, who was fired by the New York Jets on Dec. 29th, needed only nine days to find new employment. Yesterday, the Cleveland Browns officially made Mangini the 12th full-time head coach in team history (dating back to 1946, excluding three years of “suspended operations” from 1996-98). (Notably, this news came the same day Boston College’s head football coach lost his job at the hands of the Jets.) Mangini, who signed a four-year deal, began his NFL career in 1994 as a Browns ball boy under Bill Belichick ’75.
The Mangenius inherits a team that went 10-6 in 2007 but finished 4-12 in ’08, failing to score an offensive touchdown in its last six games. Cleveland has reached double-digit losses five of the past six seasons. Now that Mangini and Belichick coach teams in different divisions, when is the next “Wesleyan Bowl,” you ask? If the NFL decides to maintain its four-year schedule rotation–though no decision has been made on a scheduling system for 2010 and beyond–the teams will meet in Cleveland in 2011.
NFL.com: Browns hire Mangini as next coach