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Reports: Wake Forest to hire ETSU’s Forbes

8Wake Forest will name Steve Forbes as its next basketball coach, according to multiple reports.

His hiring could be announced as soon as Thursday afternoon. He will replace Danny Manning, who was fired Saturday after six seasons and a 78-111 record.

Forbes, 55, reportedly was one of six candidates for the job. The group included former Ohio State coach Thad Matta and Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, who previously was the head coach at Seton Hall and Michigan, 247Sports reported.

East Tennessee State had a 130-43 record under Forbes, including a 30-4 mark in the 2019-20 season. The Buccaneers won the Southern Conference tournament and the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, which was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wake Forest athletic director John Currie and Forbes knew each other from their time together at Tennessee in the late 2000s, where Forbes worked on the basketball staff and Currie was the executive associate athletic director.

Tennessee fired head coach Bruce Pearl and his staff in 2011 amid NCAA recruiting violations.

At Wake Forest, Forbes will inherit a team in disarray. Four players — guards Sharone Wright Jr., Michael Wynn, Jahcobi Neath and Chaundee Brown — entered the transfer portal, and 2020 signees Djimon Bailey and Jaylon Gibson asked to be released from their commitment.

Manning was fired from the Demon Deacons despite a $15 million buyout. Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported Thursday that Wake Forest officials believe they owe him less than half that amount because Manning “failed to meet certain criteria.”

–Field Level Media

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