New Castle News


November 23, 2013

College Football: Sharbaugh, Mangino ready to go to war for YSU

NEW CASTLE — In the culture of the American Indian, there were two types of tribe members.

Tribes included the chieftain, who was the leader of the group. His responsibilities required him to lead and inspire, to make sure the women and children were safe and there was sufficient food to feed the group.

The tribe also included the warriors. Simply stated, they were willing to die for the cause.

Carson Sharbaugh is a warrior in the eyes of Youngstown State University assistant head coach and New Castle High graduate Mark Mangino.

He’s willing to die for the cause.

Sharbaugh, a Wilmington High graduate, is a senior tight end at YSU and will be starting against South Dakota State today when the Penguins host the Jackrabbits at Stambaugh Stadium.

“He’s a warrior,” said Mangino. “He’s all in all the time. Carson has been a big key to our success on offense this year. He is not only an aggressive physical blocker, but also a bruising runner in short yardage situations.”

Sharbaugh lines up in the backfield in short yardage situations. In those instances, everybody in the stadium knows he’s going to get it. He’s turned those 13 carries into 36 yards and 12 first downs.

He’s a warrior.

Sharbaugh has been named offensive player of the game by the coaching staff three times this season.

He has three qualities college coaches love.

“He knows how to win, he’s fundamentally sound and he has a tremendous work ethic,” Mangino said. “He’s typical of a player, who has come through Terry Verrelli’s program at Wilmington. Terry does a great job of coaching up his players.”

With a victory today the Penguins (5-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and 8-3 overall) most likely will receive an at-large bid to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs, which features a 24-team field.

YSU is currently ranked 18th nationally among all FCS teams after dropping a 35-17 decision to top-ranked North Dakota State last Saturday.

“For us to win on Saturday, we must be smart, take care of the ball and create turnovers,” said Mangino, whose use of the tight ends has been instrumental in YSU’s running game this year. “Carson told the coaching staff that he doesn’t want Saturday to be his last college game in a Penguins uniform. If our whole team plays as hard as he does, it won’t be. I expect all our players to be ready to go. These players at YSU are tough and always give it all they’ve got.”

This is Mangino’s first year on the Penguins’ staff after spending eight years as the head coach at the University of Kansas.

Mangino lead the Jayhawks to three consecutive bowl victories for the first time in school history. He was the 2007 national coach of the year after leading Kansas to a school-record 12 wins and a victory in the Orange Bowl.

Mangino, a 1987 YSU graduate, said that he would be interested in being a head coach again if the “right situation” presented itself.

“I won’t let other people define my happiness,” he said. “I love it at YSU. (Wife) Mary Jane and I are enjoying our time at Youngstown. This is home for us. We can visit our family and friends and the people at YSU are wonderful. We’ve had a great time. It’s the right place at the right time for me.”

With a Penguins victory against South Dakota State today, there will be two happy members of the Penguins’ tribe; Mangino, the chieftain, and Sharbaugh, the warrior.

(Larry Kelly is a partner in the law firm of Luxenberg, Garbett, Kelly and George and is a contributor to the sports pages at The News).

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