The University of Kansas suffered a major loss today when assistant coach Danny Manning decided to leave KU and become Tulsa’s next head coach. Manning has very deep roots with the Kansas basketball team. He was a player for KU and led them to the 1988 National Championship, and after his basketball playing career, was arguably one of KU’s best assistant coaches. He turned many raw big men into all-American type players. He coached Marcus Morris, Markief Morris, Darrel Arthur, Thomas Robinson, and Wayne Simien all of whom were stars at Kansas.
With Kansas losing Manning, the recruiting may suffer as well. Big men such as Tony Parker, one of the top centers in the 2012 recruiting class, may not go to KU because of Manning’s absence. Also, this will mean that future Kansas big men Perry Ellis, Zack Peters, and Landen Lucas will not have the luxury of one the best coaches in college basketball coaching them the next 4 years. With that being said Manning will forever be remembered as one of five greatest KU players of all time. Thank you foreverything Danny and without you the 1988 basketball team would not have been dubbed “Danny and the Miracles”.