Today in college basketball news, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski announced that he will retire following the 2021-22 season. Coach K has been at Duke for 41 years and has captured 5 NCAA Championships and 15 ACC Championships.
BREAKING: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has decided to retire after this coming season, multiple sources told @stadium. Official announcement expected soon.
The leading candidate to replace K is assistant and former Duke player Jon Scheyer.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 2, 2021
Duke University confirmed Jeff Goodman’s report hours later in a “farewell tour” tweet.
2021-22. The last ride for The Goat.
— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) June 2, 2021
Look, whether you love or hate Duke, Coach K is an icon. He is college basketball. Have his ways gotten old with this new generation? Yes. But this guy still gets top talent and puts top talent into the NBA. His last being Celtics’ Jayson Tatum. Coach K and Duke won their last championship in 2015. Since then Coach K has shown decline and has shown he is getting old. Like I said he is getting old and Duke needs a new leader.
But who will that new leader be? Who knows. Coach K always wanted a former player to succeed him so who honestly knows. Maybe Pitts’ Jeff Capel? Or Notre Dame’s Mike Brey? Or maybe they hire within and promote an assistant like Jon Scheyer, Chris Carrawell, or Nolan Smith. There are endless possibilities. I think Coach K will definitely have a say and he will probably have final say on who they pick. But this new hire needs to be hip!
Look at Juwan Howard for example. He is someone who can relate to these players from a players standpoint but then still coach them and be an adult figure. Coach K got to the point of an old grandparent who says the same thing over and over. I am not sure who Duke will hire, but this hire needs to be a Juwan Howard type coach. His presence needs to be one that can relate and get the most out of his players.
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