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Archive for Friday, March 4, 2011

Danny Manning’s father, Ed, passes away at 68

March 4, 2011, 3:55 p.m. Updated March 5, 2011, 12:00 a.m.

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Former Kansas University assistant coach Ed Manning, father of current assistant coach Danny Manning, died Friday morning in Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Ed Manning, who battled a long-standing heart condition, was 68.

Services for Manning are pending.

“This is a huge loss for our family and the Jayhawk family,” Danny Manning said Friday. He rode the bus to Columbia, Mo., Friday afternoon with the rest of KU’s coaches and players for today’s game against Missouri. “Many people have already reached out to us in such a short period, and we are very grateful for all the thoughts, well wishes and prayers for my father and for us.”

Ed Manning played basketball collegiately at Jackson State in Jackson, Miss. He then played professionally in the NBA, ABA and overseas.

Following his professional basketball career, Manning was an assistant coach at North Carolina A&T. He would later become an assistant coach at KU under coach Larry Brown from 1984-88. During that time, KU won the 1984 Big Eight tournament, advanced to two NCAA Final Fours (1986 and 1988) and won the 1988 national championship. Additionally, KU won the 1986 Big Eight regular-season and postseason championships en route to its Final Four appearance with Manning on the sidelines.

Following his stint at KU, Manning followed Brown and was an NBA assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. He then worked as a scout in the NBA, in recent years for the Spurs.

“Today, KU not only lost someone who was very instrumental to the success of Kansas basketball in the mid 1980s, but also a very good man who was thought of so highly by everyone who came in contact with him,” said Kansas head coach Bill Self, who was on staff at KU in 1985-86.

Comments

Yogi 3 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Manning played a key role in bringing us the championship in 88. May he rest in peace.

Linda Endicott 3 years, 10 months ago

Oh, this is so sad...

Thoughts and prayers to Danny and the rest of his family...

Mo Meza 3 years, 10 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers to Coach Manning and his family. May Mr. Manning rest in peace.

raoulduke 3 years, 9 months ago

Going to Larry Brown's basketball camps in the summers of my youth, I had the chance to interact with Ed Manning many times. He was the person there I admired more than anyone. He would always go out of his way to interact with me, which meant so much to an impressionable kid. I'll never forget it. RIP Coach.

alamohawk 3 years, 9 months ago

Coach Manning will be greatly missed. He was a great man and he and his family were great family figures for me and others that came in contact with him. I was fortunate to work for him while I was a manager for the Basketball team when he was an Assistant Coach under Larry Brown. Razor had a way of making you smile everytime you had contact with him and made my job enjoyable and memorable. The prayers of the Martin family go out to the entire Manning family.

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