Danny Manning leaving Tulsa Golden Hurricane to be head basketball coach at Wake Forest

The University of Tulsa has issued a press release to confirm Danny Manning is leaving the school.

The school says Manning is expected to be named the head basketball coach at Wake Forest University.

“The University of Tulsa men’s basketball program has enjoyed two years of incredible growth under head coach Danny Manning, and we congratulate him on this next step in his career,” said TU President Steadman Upham.

“Danny has been a committed member of the TU family. He has led by example, instilling integrity and building success among our student-athletes. It is no wonder Danny has been nominated for coach-of-the-year honors and that he has chosen to further his professional life with an institution such as Wake Forest, which has exceptional academic credentials and a rich tradition of excellence in college basketball. We wish Danny and his family all the best in his new endeavor.”

Earlier Friday, both ESPN and CBSsports.com reported Danny Manning had agreed to a deal with the ACC school.

Manning toured the Wake Forest campus Wednesday, where he reportedly was offered more than $2 million per year as the Demon Deacons’ men’s basketball head coach.

2NEWS learned Thursday that TU had increased its initial offer for Manning to $1.2 million, including pay raises for assistant coaches as part of the deal.

Manning just completed his second season at TU compiling a 38-29 record.

Manning was the Conference USA coach of the year after leading his team to a share of the regular season championship.

TU won the C-USA tournament in El Paso and made it into the NCAA tournament for the first time in more than a decade. They lost to UCLA in the second round.



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