Danny Manning hired as Tulsa’s head coach

Kansas assistant coach Danny Manning makes his way from the bus to the team hotel as the Jayhawks arrive at the JW Marriott in downtown New Orleans, Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

Kansas assistant coach Danny Manning makes his way from the bus to the team hotel as the Jayhawks arrive at the JW Marriott in downtown New Orleans, Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

March 29, 2012


Kansas assistant coach Danny Manning has been announced as Tulsa's 29th head basketball coach, UT athletic director Ross Parmley announced Thursday morning.

“I’m excited and looking forward to being the head basketball coach at The University of Tulsa," Manning said in a release. "I want to thank President Upham, Ross (Parmley) and the search committee for allowing me this tremendous opportunity to coach at a university with a fine basketball tradition. I’d also like to thank (Kansas) coach (Bill) Self for giving me the chance to be a part of his staff for the past nine years. I have learned a tremendous amount about the game and the profession from him and all of the members of his staff.

Because Manning, 46, is coaching with the NCAA Final Four-bound Jayhawks, the official news conference introducing him as the Golden Hurricane coach will be held next week.

“I look forward to meeting with our TU players, the ardent Golden Hurricane fans, the campus and Tulsa community and the media," Manning said. "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 is in his ninth season on the KU men's basketball staff. In March 2007, he officially became an assistant coach for the Jayhawks.

“We are extremely excited to have Danny join The University of Tulsa as our new head basketball coach. He epitomizes everything our university stands for," Parmley said. "His impact on young people will extend far beyond the TU basketball program and reach well into our campus and community. His 15 years in the NBA combined with the last nine years under one of the best coaches in the country, have helped mold him into a great teacher and coach of basketball. He most definitely brings the excitement, the style of basketball, and character that we were looking for in our head coach."


kcowsert4 6 years, 2 months ago

I am personally glad for Danny Manning that he got this job because he deserves it. He has spent his last nine years on the Kansas staff and has been a huge help to the Jayhawks. Even though he is only an assistant coach at KU, he possesses the skill and knowledge it takes to be a division I college basketball coach. The only downside to this situation is the fact that this announcement might take the Jayhawk's focus off of the Final Four, but let's hope that isn't a factor in Saturday's game.

FlintlockRifle 6 years, 2 months ago

To me I think the timing stinks, what difference would a few days of waiting hurt, I know Danny , Bill and staff knew, I would guess none of the players knew, hope this does not rattle the Hawks this weekend, anyway best of luck Danny on your new team--------

jesse499 6 years, 2 months ago

Could be that the guys decide their going to win it for Danny to I know the repect they have for him it could be that little extra they need.

FlimFlamMan 6 years, 2 months ago

Best of luck in Danny. I'll never forget listening to that '88 championship game. This doesn't mean I'll be rooting for Tulsa in the future though...loyalty can only extend so far!

jhawkinsf 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm not sure the timing makes much of a difference. All the players and everyone on the staff already knows. And it's not like he's spending this weekend hitting the recruiting trail. K.U. will be fine this weekend. Heck, I saw Larry Brown boarding the team plane. He's become a de facto assistant coach. Between Brown and Self, we have two of the best basketball minds around. As for Manning, nothing but the best for you, sir. You've earned it, doing things in the right way. Wishing you great success at Tulsa.

DillonBarnes 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm confident the coaches and players have the ability to stay focused on the upcoming games.

He definitely deserves it, he'll be a great head coach. We sure will miss him though.

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