Manning to Wake; will Tulsa look at Underwood?

By Steve Sell
April 04, 2014

Danny Manning, former longtime assistant basketball coach at Kansas and the past two years the head coach at Tulsa University, was hired today by Wake Forest of the prestigious ACC.

Wake Forest released the statement today about the hiring, with a quote from Manning.

“I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the history and tradition of Wake Forest," Manning said. "I am extremely humbled by this honor and look forward to being the head coach and competing for championships both on and off the court."

Manning, a former No. 1 overall draft pick who enjoyed a 15-year NBA career, replaces Jeff Bzedlik, who resigned last month after posting a 51-76 (17-51 in the ACC) record during the past four seasons.

Manning was 38-29 in his two years at Tulsa, including an NCAA berth this season after the Golden Hurricanes won a share of the Conference USA title and later won the postseason tournament that clinched their bid. Tulsa lost to UCLA in the second round of the tourney.

Speculation now centers on Manning’s successor at Tulsa and one name that might be floated is McPherson native Brad Underwood. Underwood is one of the white-hot coaches right now nationally after leading unheralded Stephen F. Austin to a 32-3 record and berth in the NCAA Tournament. Ironically, it was UCLA that eliminated Underwood’s Lumberjacks after they had upset No. 5 seed VCU in the second round.

Underwood was a longtime assistant coach at Kansas State and spent one year as an assistant at South Carolina. He is up for no less than three Coach of the Year awards after his amazing first season at SFA, which included a 29-game winning streak.