Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Danny Manning Becomes Interim Head Coach At Maryland After Mark Turgeon Steps Down
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Danny Manning, the former Kansas Jayhawks legend and onetime head coach at Wake Forest, became the interim head coach at Maryland Friday after the school announced that Mark Turgeon is stepping down.
The school has said it will conduct a national search for Turgeon’s replacement, but several local sources said they believe Manning, 55, can keep the job long-term if he can get the Terps (5-3) to the NCAA Tournament.
Manning is 116-140 (453) as a head coach at Wake Forest and Tulsa, with zero NCAA Tournament victories.
“I think they want to hire the best person for the job, but if he has success, how can you not hire him?” one local AAU kingpin said. “If they were struggling and he turns it around, and he has the experience and the relationships in the area, so it would be hard not to.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.