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Tulsa hires away Missouri coach

Frank Haith coaches a game for Missouri back in December. Haith was hired as the new University of Tulsa men's basketball coach on Friday.
Frank Haith coaches a game for Missouri back in December. Haith was hired as the new University of Tulsa men's basketball coach on Friday. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Two weeks after losing its coach, Tulsa got a new one as it announced Frank Haith to take over the reins Friday at a press conference.

Haith had previously been coaching at Missouri. He replaces Danny Manning, who announced his resignation on April 4 to take over the Wake Forest job.

Tulsa’s history was an attraction that drew Haith to the job, along with the upcoming transition to the American Athletic Conference.

“When I looked at the Tulsa job and looked at the past of this program,” Haith said. “And you talk about guys like Nolan Richardson, you talk about guys like Tubby Smith, guys like Bill Self and the success they have had at this program, that’s why I’m interested in this program. That’s why I’m here.

Before coaching at Missouri, Haith coached seven seasons at Miami (Fla.).

“When I went to Miami, we were just moving to a new conference,” Haith said. “We were just transitioning from the Big East to the ACC.

“During my time at Missouri, we were in the Big 12 my first year and then we were transitioning to the SEC. So this is nothing new for me as far as transitioning to a new league,” he said. “I think we have a great nucleus in terms of our personnel.”

While at Missouri, Haith led the Tigers to a Big 12 Tournament Championship his first season, which was also the school’s last in the conference, two berths in the NCAA Tournament and one in the NIT.