Kansas assistant coach Danny Manning has found is first coaching job. Manning has accepted the head coaching job in Conference USA with Tulsa. The Hurricanes finished the season with a 17-14(10-6 C-USA).
Tulsa lost their final three games of the season, but had a nice seven game win streak in the middle of the season from Jan.11-Feb.4 after a 4-6 start.
A former NBA player for 15 seasons, Manning has become a familiar face on the Kansas bench in the NCAA Tournament as the Jayhawks make yet another run to the Final Four. A star at KU, Manning led the Jayhawks to the 1986 Final Four and 1988 NCAA Championship in addition to being Kansas' All-Time leading scorer and rebounder.
Manning, 45, should be able to recruit in Oklahoma having been gaining a following with Bill Self in Lawrence, Kansas. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State may nab a few recruits in the state of Oklahoma but Manning should be able to recruit some nice players in the South.
Manning will replace former Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik who was canned after six seasons. Wojcik went 140-92 and won 20 or more games in four of his six seasons.
Manning began his NBA career in 1988 with the LA Clippers and finished it up in 2003 with the Detroit Pistons. The former Jayhawks star averaged 13 or more points from his rookie season all the way to 1998 when he won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award.