Manning Agrees To Become TU's New Head Coach
Danny Manning, a former star at Kansas and current assistant with the Jayhawks, has agreed to become the new head coach at the University of Tulsa, university officials announced Thursday morning. "We are extremely excited to have Danny join The University of Tulsa as our new Head Basketball Coach," said TU Athletic Director Ross Parmley. "He epitomizes everything our university stands for. His impact on young people will extend far beyond the TU basketball program and reach well into our campus and community." "I look forward to meeting with our TU players, the ardent Golden Hurricane fans, the campus and Tulsa community and the media," said Manning, who is currently in New Orleans as Kansas prepares for the Final Four. "Right now my focus is on Kansas and its participation in the Final Four. We've worked extremely hard to get to this point and we want to keep it going for another few days." Manning has been an assistant at KU under Bill Self, a former TU head coach himself, since 2007 and is regarded as a tremendous recruiter. Manning was a star with the Jayhawks in the 1980s, leading KU to the NCAA championship in 1988, leaving as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder. He was chosen with the No. 1 pick by the Los Angeles Clippers and went on to play 15 years in the NBA. Manning will replace Doug Wojcik, who was let go earlier this month after seven seasons. Wojcik became the school's all-time leader in wins this season, but never could get the Golden Hurricane to the NCAA Tournament. TU hasn't been to the big dance since 2003.