Danny Manning, a former Kansas Jayhawks star who grew up watching the Demon Deacons, has been hired as the new head coach of the Wake Forest basketball team.
“I spent a lot of my formative childhood years in North Carolina,” Manning told The Associated Press on Friday. “I spent the majority of my life in Kansas, but this was a chance to be a part of a university that I share the same values and history with.”
Hopefully he’ll learn not to end sentences with a preposition while at Wake.
Wake Forest had been searching for a replacement for coach Jeff Bzdelik, who resigned at the season’s end after four seasons of some of the worst basketball Wake Forest had played in some time. A school as rich in hoops tradition as Wake could be taking a risk hiring someone like Manning with so little head coach experience.
Manning was 38-29 with two postseason tournament appearances in two seasons at Tulsa.