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Danny Manning: My First Impressions

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First impressions of Danny Manning:

- He's a soft spoken guy but you can tell there is some fire in his tank. He is a life-long winner and that type of pedigree will bode well for Tulsa in the next few years.

- The players seem to like him. They only met him this morning, but the guys that we talked to seem to be impressed with his Kansas resume and NBA playing career. Scottie Haralson said he liked the idea of a #1 draft pick as his head coach.

- The fans will LOVE this guy. The brand name that is "Danny Manning" will be a hit, at least initially. The room was PACKED for his press conference. Many of the high dollar donors showed up to welcome him properly. If the ovation he got today was any indication of things to come, the Reynolds Center will be sold out next season.

- He knows how to say the right things. He was asked about what Bill Self suggested he do to have success. He responded, "win games". When asked about the NCAA tournament, he said "hopefully next year". They guy is smooth.

I think Tulsa hired a good coach. There were concerns from a few people when his hiring was officially announced. Some fans that we heard from said their ideal guy would already have some head coaching experience.

I say if you were an assistant under Bill Self for almost a decade, that's all the internship and experience you need.

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