Ed Manning, the father of Danny Manning and a former Kansas assistant coach, died Friday, according to KU associate athletics director for external relations Jim Marchiony.
Ed Manning was 67. Marchiony said he did not yet know the cause of death.
Former KU coach Larry Brown hired Ed to be his assistant in 1983, when Danny was a senior in high school in North Carolina and one of the most talented recruits in the country. According to a Sports Illustrated article, Ed, a former professional basketball player, had been a truck driver for the previous three years. Danny moved to Lawrence to finish his high-school career at Lawrence High, and he would soon commit to the Jayhawks.
Four years later, during his senior season of 1988, Danny led KU to the national championship. Brown would leave for the San Antonio Spurs the next season, and Ed Manning followed him there.
Ed Manning most recently served as an NBA scout. Danny Manning is in his fourth season as a KU assistant coach.