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Danny Manning to visit Wake Forest Wednesday afternoon

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Danny Manning

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Danny Manning plans to visit Wake Forest on Wednesday to tour the campus and meet with officials about the vacant men’s basketball job, according to several people who have knowledge of the coaching search but are not authorized to speak publicly about it.

The people spoke on the condition that they not be identified.

Athletics Director Ron Wellman, who is leading the search, has said on repeated occasions that he will not discuss a candidate until he is ready to name a coach.

Manning, who just completed his second season as the head coach at Tulsa, acknowledged Tuesday that Wake Forest has shown interest in him in its search to replace Jeff Bzdelik, who resigned March 20 after four seasons.

Manning met with the president and director of athletics at Tulsa on Tuesday, and the Tulsa World reported that they made an effort to retain Manning.

Manning, a star at Page High School in Greensboro in the 1980s, was the national player of the year at Kansas and a two-time all-star in the NBA. He has a 38-29 record at Tulsa.

The Golden Hurricane won the Conference USA championship this season and played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003. Manning is a finalist for the Jim Phelan Award for the Division I coach of the year and the Ben Jobe Award for the Division I minority coach of the year.


  • Dan in NC

    I wish Wellman would go to another school and hire Danny Manning as his basketball coach. Manning has only 2 years of coaching experience. He is getting unwarranted credit for conference success this season — a year after its 4 best programs left the conference (UCF, Houston, Memphis & SMU). Not proven. Not the caliber or credential an ACC coach should have. More losing seasons ahead for WFU.

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