Mar 21, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Tulsa Golden Hurricane head coach Danny Manning in the first half of a men

Wake Forest hires Danny Manning as new head coach


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.

FoxSports.com is reporting that Wake will introduce Manning as the new coach of the Deacons at a news conference next week on campus in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“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.

 

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