Mike Krzyzewski’s 42nd season at Duke will definitely be an unforgettable trip as he coached the Blue Devils for the ACC regular season title and participation in the Final Four. These achievements came to the point that he and his team were in the spotlight even more than usual, after Krzyzewski announced last June that the 2021-22 campaign would be his last.
Given the tight microscope under which the Blue Devils were, and the fact that they relied heavily on three freshmen, things went pretty well. Of course, March 5’s defeat by North Carolina’s main rival in Coach K’s last home game, coupled with Tar Heels ’historic loss in the Final Four, were bitter pills for Duke’s fans. It may have been a good season, but losing to UNC was a hard way to end it.
After the end of the season, the end of Krzyzewski’s career came as a shock to the college’s basketball system. Despite the fact that last season he appointed assistant coach John Scheer as his successor, sports rumors are already questioning whether the 75-year-old Krzyzewski can change his mind and decide to continue working.
Former Duke star and current college basketball analyst Jay Williams kindled the fire on Monday. Duke’s aide Nolan Smith is reportedly set to become Kenny Payne’s chief aide in Louisville, Duke’s state is definitely changing.
So, what are the chances that Krzyzewski will change his mind and decide to return to the 43rd season, coaching the “Blue Devils”? Our writers weigh this topic in this dribble transfer edition.
Can’t see how it happens
I think I will never say never because the world is full of people making amazing decisions. But, dude, I would be shocked if Krzyzewski came back after a farewell tour that wasn’t popular with everyone from the first time.
Or really he would what again?
I seriously doubt it.
Remember, among the reasons why Krzyzewski reportedly wanted Scheer to succeed him instead of Tommy Amacker is that Scheer was already in the state. It is said that Krzyzewski believed that attracting Amaker, now a Harvard coach, to the state, so that he worked under his leadership during the season before moving to the post, would be generally “destructive” and “inconvenient” for Sheer. Well, what could be more devastating and more uncomfortable for Scheer than coach K., who is returning now after Scheer has worked tirelessly so he can start his career as a head coach with the highest-class recruits in the country? Also, one of the reasons Krzyzewski said he announced his retirement plans last summer is that Duke’s prospects know exactly who they will play for when they come. The return now, under the circumstances, would have flown just before the statement he used to explain his plan.
Losing his last home game against North Carolina and then finishing his career UNC is likely to eat Krzyzewski. I understand. On some level, I think it will bother him forever. But the badge won the ACC and advanced to a record 13th Final Four in its final season at an age far greater than the number at which most were ousted from the sport. Here amazing. Chances are, next season it won’t get any better. In fact, it is likely to be worse. So Krzyzewski has to just focus on an incredible career that has lasted almost five decades, worry very little about what ended, fulfill his commitment to pass things to Shire and enjoy the rest of his life away from court. Maybe I’m naive, but I suspect that’s what he will do. A reversal, of course, at this point would be shocking. “Gary Parish.”
He would be hated even more than Tom Brady
So the reason we do this is mainly because Jay Williams has spoken on national television and suggested that there is little chance that it will really happen. Am I entitled to this? And Williams also said he didn’t have any of that as an intelligence scientist, if you will, and that he was just thinking. Aloud. Memories of one of the most famous and widely published farewell seasons in the history of American sports are about his former coach, the greatest coach at the College of Athletics. Wow.
But you know what? It can’t happen. I directly asked Krzyzewski if he fully tolerated this decision before the game North Carolina – Duke. He closed the door. Again. Said he was done.
And then lost twice to UNC. Organization, I know. But this cannot happen. In basketball circles, Krzyzewski is rightfully respected among all in this world. But for sports fans K is polarizing. He is not loved as much as they are loved. Going back to what he just went through would be so toxic that I believe it will seriously damage his image and negatively affect Duke. That’s not what he wants. I just don’t see it. To him 75, everything imaginable could be done to send him. Here it is. Duke’s return and coaching another season will make him a bona fide villain for so many sports fans at a level we rarely see. “Matt Norlander.”
Never say never, but …
Retiring from sports is easily the weakest pension of all. Remember when ACC buddy Jim Boheim said he would retire in three years? That was seven years ago. Or when Rick Pittin resigned after Louisville to return to coaching next year (and soon after in college)?
In coaching, especially with so much money out there, you can never indeed say never. So I will not say unequivocally that there is no chance for Krzyzewski to return.
But this is very, very unlikely. Imagine what an answer K. would get if he spent the whole season riding on some bizarre farewell tour, just to turn the course. It just doesn’t happen. John Scheer is this guy now. That’s how K wanted it, so Duke planned it, and Scheer is realizing it by landing nine recruits in just over nine months, including number 1 coming in next year. Nothing – not even a painful defeat by North Carolina in the championship – is likely to change what has been set in motion for almost a year. “Kyle Boone.”
Krzyzewski’s return will undermine Scheer and make Duke even more despised in the world of sports. Tom Brady did it. But at first he did not have a whole farewell tour. You can’t announce your retirement, accept all the praise and honors during a well-publicized winning circle … and then change your mind. It was Krzyzewski’s plan, and if he refused now, it would look silly and unprofessional, and it could even harm the program in the long run. He’s smart enough to figure it out, so there’s no way he’s going to come back.
– It worked.
This is what Krzyzewski said about the program’s succession plan. If the operation was so fragile that it was devastated by the defeat of North Carolina in the final four or the departure of Nolan Smith to Louisville a week after Coach K. said those words, then in the foreground it was a bad plan of the place. Staff turnover is an annual reality in college basketball, as are the emotional, brutal losses at the end of the season. “David Cobb.”