New Orleans Kansas University assistant basketball coach Danny Manning is expected to be named Tulsa University head coach in the near future as he works on contract details with the Conference USA school.
But, both Tulsa officials and KU coach Bill Self have cautioned that as of 8:15 p.m., nothing’s finalized yet.
“I’ll comment: ‘not done deal,’’’ Self said Wednesday night from New Orleans. “He’s had talks with them and interviewed. I know that he was very encouraged and excited about the prospect of it. It’s not done. It’s not done, but there are talks going on. Who knows what will happen next?”
Tulsa issued a statement to the Tulsa World shortly after ESPN cited sources indicating Manning had agreed to terms to become Tulsa coach. CBSsports.com also believes the hiring is imminent. Sources told the Journal-World the two sides had yet to reach an agreement on the length of the contract. It is believed Manning wants a five-year deal. Sources said he had reached out to one or more individuals about possibly working for him on his staff at Tulsa.
“The University of Tulsa has not reached an agreement with any candidate for the head basketball coaching position at the school,” read the statement issued by TU’s sports information office. “As stated when the coaching search began on March 11, TU officials will not discuss any candidates until an official announcement is made by the University.”
Self is a former head coach at Tulsa with connections there.
“The faces have all changed. The people that back the program are still pretty consistent,” Self said. “I have ties to that situation. If Danny is the guy there, and I’m not saying he is, but he’ll get it on his own merits, no question about that.”