The man who once electrified Kansas basketball is now supposedly looking to return to coaching in the Sunflower State.
Some surprises came Wednesday morning on Twitter, as it appears that Kansas Jayhawks legend Danny Manning has been presented an offer or at least been communicated within some kind by Wichita State. Chris Lilly tweeted the news early on Wednesday morning.
Manning’s most recent experience in the NCAA was with Wake Forrest, and with a 30-80 record in the ACC, it’s safe to say he didn’t live up to expectations with the Deacons. Before he transitioned to Salem, Manning had a brief stint in Tulsa where he had more success.
It’s hard to tell whether or not Manning will take the job at the moment. The Shockers must have some trust distilled in the KU legend, and it makes sense with how much time he has spent in the Kansas basketball community.
Manning has a little experience in the postseason, and while his time with Tulsa was short, he must’ve gotten a taste of what coaching basketball in March is like.
The Shockers are presumed to be parting ways with head coach Gregg Marshall at some point this week after allegations of him physically and emotionally abusing his players emerged. This creates a rather convincing avenue for Danny Manning. Marshall had a lengthy 13 years with the Shockers and hasn’t seen the March bracket in two years. It may be the transition to a new era for Wichita State.
All of this is still developing, but it would be a good fit for Manning. Now, whether or not he is willing to step back into the ring is a factor to be considered. At age 54, he could have what it takes to put the Shockers back in the tournament after a brief absence. Regardless, this could pose an interesting situation if the Jayhawks and Shockers ever cross paths again.