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Manning leaves TU for Wake Forest

Danny Manning coaches Tulsa in its first round NCAA Tournament against UCLA on March 21 in San Diego. Manning is leaving Tulsa for the Wake forest job.
Danny Manning coaches Tulsa in its first round NCAA Tournament against UCLA on March 21 in San Diego. Manning is leaving Tulsa for the Wake forest job.
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Danny Manning came to Tulsa to bring the Golden Hurricane back to elite status and now he is gone.

The legendary Kansas great resigned his post as head coach of the TU men’s basketball program on to Friday to accept the same job at Wake Forest.

Under Manning this past year, the Golden Hurricane finished 21-13 overall after a 4-9 start. That included a 13-3 mark in Conference USA, which led a share of the league title, a conference tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He was also the 2014 Gene Barstow Conference USA Coach of the Year.

Manning, who was announced as the Tulsa coach on April 4, 2012 -- exactly two years to the date he departed, guided the program to a 38-29 record in his two seasons at the helm.

"In his two seasons, Coach Manning has helped elevate our basketball program to a level that our fans expect -- conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances," Tulsa Athletic Director Derrick Gragg said. "There's no question that the reputation of Tulsa basketball, our recent success and the student-athletes in the program will be attractive to the most qualified coaches."

"Under President Upham's leadership, the presentation made to Coach Manning in recent contract negotiations was an attractive and competitive offer," Gragg said. "President Upham is committed to return Tulsa basketball to an elite level. The commitment he has displayed in this recent process is second to none that I have encountered during my 21 years as an athletic administrator."

TU has begun the process of searching for a new coach. No timeline for a new hire has been set.

"We expect our basketball success to continue," said Gragg. "With the type of student-athletes that we have in our basketball program, I know that they will rally and work even harder to further the success that they achieved this past season in elevating Tulsa basketball even more."