Danny Manning will be the next head coach at Wake Forest, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
Wake Forest has hired Tulsa coach Danny Manning, sources told ESPN. Story coming.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 4, 2014
Manning, 47, visited the Wake Forest campus on Wednesday and was reportedly offered the job on Thursday. He has now signed on to replace Jeff Bzdelik, who was fired in March after four frustrating seasons with the Demon Deacons.
Manning was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft. He went on to have a prolific career for 15 seasons before returning to the college game in 2006 as an assistant coach under Bill Self at Kansas. The two-time All-American left KU to become the head coach at Tulsa in 2012.
In just two seasons, Manning led the Golden Hurricane to a 38-29 mark with appearances in the CBI and NCAA Tournaments despite losing considerable talent on the roster due to graduation. Tulsa lost to UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last month after clinching an automatic birth to the big dance with Conference USA's automatic bid.
Wake Forest is yet to officially announce the hiring.