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Tulsa head coach Danny Manning has accepted an offer to become Wake Forest's next head men's basketball coach, the school announced in a statement Friday.

The statement confirmed an earlier USA TODAY Sports report. ESPN.com first reported the hire.

Manning led Tulsa to a 21-13 record and an NCAA tournament appearance in his second season at the helm. He previously worked as an assistant at Kansas, his alma mater.

An introductory news conference will be held next week in Winston-Salem.

"We are very pleased to welcome Danny Manning to Wake Forest," Wake Forest athletics director Ron Wellman said in a statement. "There have been very few players who have had as much success on the court as Danny. He has played for and worked under a number of legendary coaches and he has been successful in his coaching career. We fully expect that Danny's coaching career will reflect the excellence of his playing career."

'Manning is considered one of the greatest players in Jayhawks history, having led Kansas to the 1986 Final Four and 1988 national championship before leaving the school as the program's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

He was the No. 1 overall pick in the1988 draft. He then spent 15 years in the NBA before returning to Lawrence — on the sidelines.At Wake Forest, Manning will replace Jeff Bzedlik, who resigned last month after posting a 51-76 (17-51 in the ACC) record over four years.

The Demon Deacons have not reached the NCAA tournament since 2010, back when DinoGaudio was the head coach.Manning has ties to the central North Carolina area; he went to high school in Greensboro, N.C.

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