Tang hopes to rebuild Wildcats in Baylor’s mold

Kansas State opens the 2022-23 basketball season under the guidance of head coach Jerome Tang, a long-time assistant coach at Baylor. He hopes to replicate the Bears' success in Manhattan.

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October 21, 2022 - 2:17 PM

New Kansas State men’s basketball coach Jerome Tang holds up a Wildcat hand symbol during his introductory news conference at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan in April. Tang, a long time assistant at Baylor, replaces Bruce Weber, who resigned recently following a string of disappointing seasons. Photo by Travis Heying / The Wichita Eagle / TNS

Jerome Tang had plenty of opportunities to leave Baylor for head jobs over the years, but the Bears always seemed to be on the upswing and his close relationship with Scott Drew made it difficult to envision leaving Waco.

Once the Bears won the national championship, though, there was a feeling that Tang had accomplished all he could as an assistant, and the time was coming to take a leap of faith and head out on his own.

He landed at Kansas State.

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