It's still unclear where the former Kansas star, who went to the NCAA tournament in just his second season as the coach of the Golden Hurricane, sits on Wake athletic director Ron Wellman's wish list. However, one source close to the process said that Manning has a legitimate shot to land the job.
Manning is in the equation to replace Jeff Bzdelik, who was forced to resign earlier in the month after four forgettable seasons. Bzdelik was 51-76 overall and 17-51 in ACC play.
Manning, 47, starred at Kansas and was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1988 NBA draft. He played 15 seasons in the league, and then joined Bill Self's staff at Kansas, where he was an assistant from 2006 to 2012.
Manning was hired by Tulsa in 2012 and led the Golden Hurricane to a 17-16 mark and an appearance in the CBI despite losing his top two players, Jordan Clarkson and Eric McClellan, to transfers.
Tulsa finished 21-13 this season and tied for first in Conference USA with a 13-3 mark. The Golden Hurricane lost to UCLA in the second round of the NCAA tournament.