Danny Manning hopes intensity, attention to detail can make Wake Forest winners again

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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina — When his Wake Forest players couldn't get a defensive drill quite right, new coach Danny Manning made them do it again — and again.

After about an hour, they finally figured it out.

The message was clear: Manning knows the Demon Deacons have to take care of all those little things if they're ever going to achieve big things.

He said Tuesday that "there's no pity parties, there's no feeling sorry for yourself" from Wake Forest's Atlantic Coast Conference opponents and that "this is what we need to do to get better."

That intensity and attention to detail have made Manning such a popular figure in Winston-Salem.

It didn't take much to win over a once-fractured fan base, and all those returning players on the roster bought in quickly too.

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