Former College Greats As Players, Manning And Alford Meet As Coaches Friday
Danny Manning won a national title as a player at Kansas in 1988, spent 15 seasons in the NBA and then won a national title as an assistant coach with the Jayhawks six years ago.
Although odds are a bit long he'll lead the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to the NCAA title, he's at least added another accomplishment to his resume.
Manning has led Tulsa (21-12) to the NCAA tournament in his second season as head coach. Seeded 13th in the South region, Tulsa will play the fourth-seeded UCLA Bruins (26-8) on Friday.
It'll be an all-star coaching matchup. Steve Alford, in his first year at UCLA and 23rd overall as a head coach, led Indiana to the national championship in 1987. Manning led Kansas to the title the following season.