Posted: Apr 18, 2014 1:30 PM by Sam Hustis, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter
Updated: Apr 18, 2014 1:48 PM
TULSA, Okla. - University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham announced in a news conference Friday that former Missouri men's head basketball coach Frank Haith will be taking over as Tulsa's 30th men's head basketball coach.
"This is a very big day in the history of TU basketball," Steadman to start the news conference.
Haith will take over for Danny Manning, who left on April 4 to coach at Wake Forest. In the news conference, Haith said Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden gave him written permission Thursday to speak to Tulsa representatives, and accepted the job that night.
"We told (the team) we'd go out and find the best possible coach in the country," said Tulsa Athletic Director Dr. Derrick Gragg.
Next season, Tulsa will move to the American Athletic Conference, home of the 2014 national champion University of Connecticut Huskies.
"This is nothing new for me as far as transitioning to a new league," said Haith.
Haith said the hardest part about leaving Missouri was the fact that he would have to leave the current student athletes at MU.
RT @jackwascher: Haith: "I love Missouri, I did not have to leave. I worked for great people at the University of Missouri."— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) April 18, 2014
"These transitions are hard," said Haith. "I talked to them about decisions I have to make, and I wanted to let them know."
RT @SamIAmHustis: Haith: "It had to take a place like this to leave Missouri."— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) April 18, 2014
MT @jackwascher: Frank Haith: "I reached out to Mike Alden this morning. We did not reach by phone, but did by text."— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews) April 18, 2014