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Friday, March 30, 2012

A banner day: Jayhawks excited for Danny Manning, Barry Hinson

The Kansas Jayhawks head inside the Superdome for practice after interviews on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

The Kansas Jayhawks head inside the Superdome for practice after interviews on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

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— Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown, who tutored Danny Manning for four years at Kansas University, beamed with pride Thursday when his prize pupil accepted the head-coaching position at Tulsa University.

“I’m thrilled to death,” said Brown, who as part of KU’s traveling party at the Final Four watched the Jayhawks practice Thursday at the Superdome. “When they told me he got the job, it’s like being a proud father. I wish Ed were here.”

Danny’s dad, the late Ed Manning, served as an assistant coach under Brown at KU during the Brown/Manning era, which culminated in a national title in 1988.

“I never realized (Danny Manning) was going to be a coach until his last year in Detroit (in 2003, final year of a 15-year NBA playing career),” Brown said. “I remember all the people telling me how much he helped the young players and how involved he was. He was a smart player before I got him, but working for Bill (Self), seeing the progress of all these young kids and the way Danny conducts himself ... Tulsa hit a home run.”

Manning, 45, has hired Baker University head coach/former KU player and director of basketball operations Brett Ballard as an assistant. A source indicated Manning may also be targeting Justin Bauman, former KU manager now an assistant at University of San Francisco.

“I’m excited and looking forward to being the head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa,” Manning said. “I want to thank President (Steadman) Upham, Ross (Parmley, AD) and the search committee for allowing me this tremendous opportunity to coach at a university with a fine basketball tradition. I’d also like to thank coach Self for giving me the chance to be a part of his staff for the past nine years. I have learned a tremendous amount about the game and the profession from him and all of the members of his staff.

“I look forward to meeting with our TU players, the ardent Golden Hurricane fans, the campus and Tulsa community and the media,” added Manning, who will be introduced next week. “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.”

KU coach Self said he’s thrilled for Manning.

“Danny Manning is one of the most accomplished, humble people you’ll ever meet. He’s done more in his life through the athletic world than just about anybody, but you would never know it in visiting with him, as he never, ever talks about himself,” Self said. “His focus on deciding to be a basketball coach was to try to share some of his knowledge and make others better. He’s certainly done that at a very high level with us here at Kansas.

“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. Tulsa has not only hired a great person and a great ambassador, but also a man that will lead Tulsa to great heights athletically and be competing for championships in a very short amount of time,” added Self, Tulsa’s head coach from 1997-2000.

Self said the imminent departures of Manning and director of basketball operations Barry Hinson — who took the Southern Illinois head coaching job Wednesday — would not serve as a distraction heading into Saturday’s Final Four semifinal versus Ohio State (7:49 p.m., Superdome).

“When a team is successful,” Self said, “you hope your assistants have an opportunity to benefit. We were fortunate to have two guys get jobs yesterday. I don’t know how often that happens. A big deal for me was, I told those respective schools, ‘I’m fine with this, but let’s do it now. I don’t want the rumors and everybody being interviewed and have to lie and say you haven’t taken a job. Let’s get it out of the way now and handle questions tomorrow.’

“I told our players last night Barry got the job, and Danny told them he more than likely was going to get the job. Our players are fine. They are happy for our guys. This isn’t a distraction for our guys at all. Trust me, Danny and Barry are not working on Tulsa or Southern Illinois now.”

Junior center Jeff Withey said: “It’s not a distraction by any means. We’re happy for both of them. Danny’s been an awesome coach and great mentor. It’s sad to see him go, but I’m happy for him. He deserves it. I still have a couple more days to milk as much knowledge as I can from him.”

Junior guard Elijah Johnson added: “I’m happy they’ve been able to take care of their families and have a better situation. Jayhawk Nation will always love them. It shows how winning benefits everybody. I never thought I’d be able to help somebody get a job. For us (players) to be part of the reason makes me feel good and want to win even more.”

The Tulsa World reported that Manning agreed to a four-year, $2.5 million deal.

Brett Ballard on leaving Baker for Tulsa after two years: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time coaching the Baker University men’s basketball team. I was fortunate to work with a group of dedicated players, committed to the classroom and basketball court. I will always be grateful for President Pat Long and athletic director Theresa Yetmar having the confidence to give me my first head coaching opportunity in college basketball. The support I received from the administration, alumni and the community was amazing. Seeing all the orange at the national tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City is something I will never forget. Baker University is an amazing place and I am very humbled to have been their head coach.”

Noted BU President Long ong: “Brett did exactly what we asked of him — to bring a new level of play and excitement to our basketball program. He did just that and more. He became a leader on campus and within the community. He was Baker through and through. I will miss him as a coach and as a person.”

Hug it out: Hinson said right after KU’s victory over North Carolina on Sunday, he gave Self a hug to celebrate KU’s advancing to the Final Four. During the embrace, Self leaned over.

“The only thing that could make this better,” Self told him, “is if you get the job.

“That’s the kind of guy I’ve worked for the last four years,” Hinson said. “There are a lot of stories out there about coaches, but for a guy to turn around and say that right after he knows he’s going to the Final Four, I think that speaks volumes of what type of guy Bill Self is.”

Hinson said the thing he’d miss most is ... “walking out of that tunnel onto the court in the mecca of college basketball.”

Comments

Steve Brown 2 years ago

Where is Jeremy Case, he was coach in progress, maybe follow Ballard?

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Nikki May 2 years ago

Yeah Brown and the recruiting sanctions, that's what we need at KU. My first experience with Kansas Basketball was the Danny and the Miracles team. I'd just recently moved to Kansas and had never gone to a school where we watched college basketball during class. (or at all really, I moved to Kansas from Lincoln, NE and before that Washington state.) Anyway, they end up winning and poof, new coach and a program with sanctions. Am I missing the desirability here?

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bradyporningstar 2 years ago

got buddies that work at KU, said there are rumors going around about Larry Brown joining the KU staff in some way! RCJHGKU!

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nwhawkfan 2 years ago

Thanks for the Hudy love AZ !

Nice to know that even though the a good chunk of the Douglas County coaching fraternity is off for greener pastures (and deservedly so), we'll still have the Secret Weapon.

Hope Danny or Barry doesn't steal her away.

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mustlehustle 2 years ago

If you have a chance, catch Tommy Penders comments about Kansas vs. Ohio State. Granted, Penders career as a coach didn't end well at Texas, but it was the reason KU was able to have Luke Axtell play for them. Penders really breaks down the ineptness of Roy Williams and staff's coaching in the last 8 minutes of the game against Kansas and why he believes Kansas beats OSU tomorrow night.

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apeoples410 2 years ago

T-Rob and Self both passed over for POY and COY by AP??? Brutal! Hopefully this gives the team even more motivation for Saturday!

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Joe Baker 2 years ago

Congrats to both well deserving men.

Now let's go get a NC and top it all off with some sweet icing.

RCJH

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Joe Baker 2 years ago

Hug it out: Hinson said right after KU’s victory over North Carolina on Sunday, he gave Self a hug to celebrate KU’s advancing to the Final Four. During the embrace, Self leaned over.

“The only thing that could make this better,” Self told him, “is if you get the job.

All I can say is WOW!

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Joe Baker 2 years ago

I’d also like to thank coach Self for giving me the chance to be a part of his staff for the past nine years. I have learned a tremendous amount about the game and the profession from him and all of the members of his staff. - DManning

Mentorship at it's finest.

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surfingjayhawk 2 years ago

I love Elijah's take on the moves. Great perspective. Now send them off with another banner.

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Joe Baker 2 years ago

“When they told me he got the job, it’s like being a proud father. I wish Ed were here.”

This makes any accomplishment special. Ed Manning would be so proud. It reminds me of the '88 NC game when Ed said, "...settle down Danny..." I can hear something different at this point. What a wonderful father/son moment this would be for both men. What an encouragement and challenging moment this is for all father/son duos to cherish every moment of life.

I wish Ed were here to share in this with DMan.

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Joseph Kuebel 2 years ago

Rock Chalk! Many thanks to Danny, and Barry for the years and championship(s) you have helped us Jayhawks attain.

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benderjd 2 years ago

Happy for Coach M, but sad none the less. Take heart, Jayhawk Nation. There's a Manning-like clone coming next year to Lawrence from Wichita who is just as genuine, just as humble and perhaps just as gifted (though a few inches shorter) as the Leader of the Miracles.

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10point8 2 years ago

I love this! All of it!

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Tony Bandle 2 years ago

Best wishes to Danny and Barry...something tells me we will be seeing Danny again some day!!

FUN FACTS:

I have been to the Superdome for the Rams Super Bowl in 2002:

Size of a football field: 300 ft x 160 ft = 48,000 s.f.

Size of a basketball court: 94 ft x 50 ft = 4700 s.f.

You could hardly see anything on the football field...guess what it will be like for an area 10 times smaller!!!!!!

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KGphoto 2 years ago

I kind of like the idea of slating the occasional Tulsa matchup now. Danny bringing his boys into AFH would be totally opposite of Roy and Carolina. I'm sure it would be a love fest, win or lose. Self and his boys going back to Tulsa would probably be the same thing.

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cool_beans 2 years ago

i wish both of them the best of luck. somebody get Raef Lafrentz on the phone.

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KGphoto 2 years ago

I'm just so proud that my school is carrying itself with an unprecedented amount of class, decorum and gratitude. I'm glad that my kids can see it too. We have one getting ready to decide on a school pretty soon and he really loves the idea of KU right now.

I know it's not all that common for a teenager to appreciate that sort of thing (decorum, gratitude, etc.), but he sees the way we appreciate it. I can tell the tradition and pride at KU, carried out with the above mentioned characteristics is something he's drawn to. So cool.

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Sally Presson 2 years ago

I was sick when I heard Danning & Hinson were leaving, but that' very selfish of me. I do wish them the best and know they will take their teams to the highest level. I've always felt Danny was extremely humble. He's taught our players so much and how lucky they've been to have him. He made the twins what they are today, I know they had to want to get better, but Danny's had so much to teach them, he's been there done it. And Coach Self--what a guy, there is just no one like him, he's good through and through. He always does the right thing. We're so blessed!!

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NebraskaJayhawk 2 years ago

Dude....When I was in middle school, Manning and Turgeon came and put on a basketball clinic at our high school. I was fortunate enough to attend this camp. Everything this article says about Manning is true through and through. The guy was so humble and he appears to be the same person he was back in '86. Happy for him if this is what he wants, but very sad to see him leave the program. Best of luck to you, Danny.

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UmbertoConforti 2 years ago

I hope you're just not dreaming. Brown would be a major stroke, but I doubt he wants to be anyones assistant. Remember this guy is the elite. He was at KU five years and with a few better breaks could have won two national titles instead of one. He's a basketball genius and anyone would want to have him no matter how old he is.

Good luck to Hinson and Manning, but I sure hate to see them go.

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AsadZ 2 years ago

At this stage I can't see Larry working under Self. He wants a head coaching job. Word on the street is that SMU may hire him.

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Aligned 2 years ago

Well done, Gary. A very enjoyable read.

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Stephen Johnson 2 years ago

Larry has always kept a part of his heart linked to KU. I would love to see him in the role of Director of Basketball Operations.

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up4par2000 2 years ago

I agree fully, I am proud to be a Jayhawk every single day. I hope Larry Brown chooses to join the KU Coaching Staff.

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RJ King 2 years ago

Randomness: Did anyone catch the wink from Townsend to Hinson with 2-3 minutes leff in the UNC game? Reminiscent of "The Sting."

I totally dig Self's management of rumor central. He is the Anti-Drama.

The chemistry that has developed over the years with this group is so real. They are like co-horts in crime - stealing what no one thought possible. They pulled a fast one! Gotta LOVE EJ's comments. He gets the Karma, the Play-it-Forward aspect it all.

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Jayandseahawk 2 years ago

KU breeds winners in all aspects of lfe, and on the court and on the field, Jayhawks always show class, determination, and sportsmanship.

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