LAWRENCE — Kansas has hired University of Florida assistant Norm Roberts, bringing back a familiar face to join Bill Self’s staff.
The Jayhawks announced the move Monday, saying Roberts will replace Danny Manning, who is now the head coach at Tulsa.
Roberts spent six years as the head coach at St. John’s, where he went 81-101before he fired in March 2010. Roberts, a 1987 graduate of Queens College in New York City, spent a season working for the Big East Network before joining Billy Donovan’s staff at Florida.
Roberts has been an assistant under Self at four different schools. He was associate head coach at Kansas (2003-04) and an assistant at Illinois (2000-03), Tulsa (1997-2000) and Oral Roberts (1995-97).
His return means he will be coaching his son, Niko, a sophomore guard for the Jayhawks.
Manning’s son will walk on at Kansas
WICHITA — Former Kansas assistant coach Danny Manning is leaving a presence behind when he leaves Lawrence to become the coach at Tulsa.
The Wichita Eagle reports that his son, Evan Manning, will walk on the Jayhawk team. Since his 2011 graduation from Lawrence Free State, the 6-foot-1 guard has spent the past year playing at the New Hampton School, a prep school in New Hampshire.
New Hampton coach Peter Hutchins says Manning started at point guard the first half of the season while guard Olivier Hanlan, a Boston College commitment, was injured.
Manning was limited to a reserve role when Hanlan returned, but still averaged close to double figures for the season.