“Danny Manning will become Tulsa’s 29th basketball coach, the university officially announced on Thursday morning. Manning agreed to terms following two days of negotiations.”
Eric Bailey, writer, Tulsa World
GH: Frank Martin showed us all how quickly a person can make a life-changing decision when he went from the second round of the NCAA tourney as K-State’s coach to being introduced as South
Carolina’s head coach in one weekend. Manning’s move might not be as shocking but it appears to have happened just as quickly. Read on.
“I’m excited and looking forward to being the head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa. I want to thank President Upham, (athletic director) Ross (Parmley) and the search committee for allowing me this tremendous opportunity to coach at a university with a fine basketball tradition.”
Danny Manning, in an official press release, Tulsa World
GH: It is interesting that Manning is following the same path as Bill Self took through Tulsa. Self was a regular contributor to Steven St. John’s night-time show during 810’s early days. Look for Manning to try and remain close to the KC market by hooking up with either 610 or 810 to promote his Tulsa program to the high school prospects in our
“His 15 years in the NBA combined with the last nine years under one of the best coaches in the country, have helped mold him into a great teacher and coach of basketball. He most definitely brings the excitement, the style of basketball, and character that we were looking for in our head coach.”
Ross Parmley, Tulsa AD, Tulsa World
GH: I have long considered Manning a good coaching prospect and wondered why his name rarely came up for job openings. His basketball resume is sterling. Hard to believe he has been at Kansas for nine years.
“He’s been around basketball his whole life, played for so many coaches, been able to steal from everybody and has developed a vast knowledge that will certainly play a huge role in his success as a head coach. Although 46 years old, he’s well beyond those in basketball years as far as experience.”
Bill Self, Tulsa World
GH: I remember meeting Manning in a Kansas City hotel hallway during his playing days at Kansas. He was with Cedric Hunter, the KU point guard, just killing time. I knew Hunter a bit from his Omaha South days and we talked. Manning had the largest rear end I’ve ever seen on a relatively thing guy. If he can teach his Tulsa big men to use their butt cheeks as well as he did Darrell Arthur, the Morris Twins, Cole Aldrich and
Thomas Robinson – his Hurricanes will win a lot of ball games.
“Right now my focus is on Kansas and its participation in the Final Four. We’ve worked extremely hard to get to this point and we want to keep it going for another few days.”
Danny Manning, on whether or not his accepting a new job will be a distraction for KU, KUSports.com
GH: Ohio State is going to be far more of a hindrance to KU advancing in the Final Four than Manning’s sudden announcement. Students go to KU to learn and advance to their careers. Manning is just doing the same. I would hope that Tulsa basketball just gained a lot of fans from north of the border today.
“Some have suggested Manning for the Nebraska job. Nebraska would be a terrible first job.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Bukaty mentioned the real probability of failure as the Nebraska coach – which is understandable. But Nebraska has spent a tremendous amount of money on their facilities, making it almost unrecognizable from their years in the Big 12. It will be interesting to see if the Huskers’ new hire and if the money spent will change the Big Red’s basketball fate.
“The thought always is that there is something wrong with where you’re leaving. That the person that made the decision feels he is going to a better place. That the place he is leaving is inferior. It’s never about that.”
Frank Martin, in an interview with Kevin Kietzman, when asked about his rumored poor relationship with John Currie, 810 AM
GH: Martin likes to say he is an upfront guy but his answers rarely match the question when the question is a toughie. Kietzman asked tough questions but Martin rarely gave much more than coach-speak answers. Read on.
“It’s about, as coaches we’re ultra-competitive. Challenges is what drives us and makes us go. The first time I spoke with [Eric Heineman, USC’s athletic director], when I heard the passion in his voice and I saw how successful their other major programs are and I heard the passion in his voice… It’s not that there’s something wrong with Kansas State. I was just intrigued with this new challenge. I wasn’t choosing between a good and a bad.”
Frank Martin, on what went into his decision to leave K-State for USC, 810 AM
GH: I guess Currie needs to work on “the passion in his voice.” Apparently, challenges between him and his athletic director are not the kind of challenges that drive Martin – or maybe you could say they ultimately drove him away.
“My job is to coach the kids. My job is not to make money.”
Frank Martin, when asked why he decline Currie’s offer to discuss his new contract in midseason, 810 AM
GH: I wanted KK to start laughing after this response from Martin but he remained professional. I would have probably reacted to this statement in a way that would have made Martin hang up his phone.
“They let me know they wanted me at K-State. There was never a question in my mind.”
Frank Martin, 810 AM
GH: Many reports out now say the opposite – that Currie and K-State were just fine with Martin leaving. I would like to know the truth to this one but my guess is we will never know.
“We at K-State, we’re the only league programs that went undefeated against the two [SEC] defectors.”
Frank Martin, on the Wildcats’ sweep of Mizzou and A&M, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman seized this statement to direct a shot to the heart of Martin. Read on.
“That’s a strong word. Does that make you a defector?”
Kevin Kietzman, in response to Martin’s above statement, 810 AM
“Uh, If that’s what it is, that’s what it is. I can’t run away from that.”
Frank Martin, 810 AM
GH: Kudos to KK for putting some heat on Martin even if for the last time.
“This is real simple; the working environment for him at Kansas State was just unbearable. And that was it!”
Kevin Kietzman, immediately after he concluded his interview with Martin, 810 AM
GH: In true KK fashion, as soon as he ended the interview he completely mischaracterized what Martin had said in the interview.
“This is a dream come true for Major League Baseball because of Magic Johnson’s involvement.”
Buster Olney, on Magic and his partners purchasing the Dodgers for an unheard of $2.1 billion, 810 AM
GH: The only people smiling over the sale of the Dodgers are the other owners in MLB. David Glass purchased the Royals for around $96 million. I can imagine he and his son danced a jig once they heard the crazy number that came out of a state know for crazy numbers. Does this inflate the value of the Royals? It can’t hurt.
“Bruce Chen has been absolutely destroyed in spring training.”
Bob Fescoe, after Chen was named by Ned Yost as the Royals’ opening day starter, 610 AM
“Spring training numbers are worthless.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: I have to agree with Petro here. I cannot tell you the number of times I have been wrongly influenced into thinking an Arizona of Florida stat sheet meant anything more than my Charmin.
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