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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Danny Manning's father dead at 68

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Ed Manning, the former Kansas assistant basketball coach and father of current assistant coach and former Jayhawks star Danny Manning, has died. He was 68.

The university says Ed Manning died Friday at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. The cause of death wasn't specified, but the university said he had a long-standing heart condition.

Danny Manning was in Columbia, Mo., on Friday for Kansas' game Saturday against Missouri and plans to join his family afterward. He called his father's death "a huge loss for our family and the Jayhawk family."

Ed Manning played for Baltimore, Chicago and Portland in the NBA and Carolina, New York and Indiana in the ABA.

The former Jackson State forward was an assistant under Larry Brown at Kansas from 1984 through 1988 — the year Danny Manning's Jayhawks team won the NCAA championship, and later with the San Antonio Spurs under Brown.

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