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The Legacy at Krzyzewskiville…

November 22, 2008

In the college world, there is probably no other team that fans love to hate more than the Duke University Blue Devils mens basketball team. I don’t really know why people love to hate Duke, I guess it’s similar to the way people hate the New York Yankees, because they just seem to keep winning and fans get tired of seeing the Blue Devils in March.

Haters aside, let me explain why the Blue Devils are regarded as one of the best college basketball programs around and it all begins with this man, Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Known as Coach K, he was an assistant for one year under the legendary Bob Knight at Indiana University, then coached his alma mater, West Point, for 5 years before landing the job at Duke University in 1980. Ever since he arrived in Durham, North Carolina, he has established a winning program that has helped him accumulate 803 career wins, only the sixth coach to amass over 800 career wins in college basketball. He is roughly 100 wins away from supplanting Bob Knight as the winningest coach in history, which many predict will happen.

He has won three NCAA Tournament Championships (1991, 1992 and 2001), ten ACC Conference Tournament Championships, and eleven ACC Conference Regular Season Championships. Among those accomplishments, he has also developed a bevy of excellent college basketball players that have also succeeded in the NBA in various aspects. Here are some well known players that have played at Duke and in the NBA; Johnny Dawkins, Danny Ferry, Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill, Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, and Jason Williams.

His accomplishments at Duke have been so admired that the Duke administration named the floor at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Coach K Court, in his honor. Also, the grassy area outside of Cameron has been named Krzyzewskiville which has its own set of traditions and rules (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krzyzewskiville).

I have been a fan of Duke basketball ever since 1990 even though they lost by 30 points to UNLV in the NCAA Championship game, I was fascinated by Coach K and his squad, how they seemed to get on everybody’s nerves with their hard-nosed playing and aggressiveness. The next year Duke won their first NCAA championship and I was thrilled to have seen them win. The following year was even better as Duke successfully defended their title. However, that season the best game was not the championship game, rather it was the Eastern Regional Final, versus Kentucky when the biggest shot in college basketball was made.

Let me set up the scene for you… It was overtime and Duke called a timeout with 2.1 seconds to play. Coach K drew up a play that called for Grant Hill to heave a long pass to to the top of the key where it would go to Christian Laettner and he would have 2.1 seconds to dish or attempt to shoot the ball. Here’s what happened…

It ended a magical night for Christian Laettner, who was perfect from the field that evening. 10-10 in field goal attempts, and 10-10 in free throw attempts. I was in Florida with my family on spring break and visiting Disney World, and I remember watching the game in the hotel room with my sister while my parents went out to pick up dinner for us. I was jumping up and down on the bed with my sister screaming at me to shut up!

Duke basketball will always be reviled as long as Coach K and his gang shake the world at Cameron Stadium. I have a feeling I will see a few more NCAA Championships before Coach K turns the lights out in his office for the last time.

Fight! Fight, Blue Devils
Fight for the White and Blue
March on through
There’s a slam dunk there for you,
Go get ’em!
Duke is out to win today
Carolina go to hell!
So turn on the steam, team,

Fight! Blue Devils, Fight!
(clap clap clap) Go!
(clap clap clap) Go!
Rip ’em up, tear ’em up! Give ’em hell, Duke!
(clap clap clap) Go!
(clap clap clap) Go!

Rip ’em up, tear ’em up! Give ’em hell, Duke!
Here in Durham town
There’s a university
And tonight those tower bells of Duke
Will ring out merrily.
See that old Blue Devil smoke
Arising to the sky.
There’s something doing, there’s vict’ry brewing,
Don’t you hear that battle cry.

GO BLUE DEVILS!

~Runteldat~

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3 comments

  1. It’s funny because I do always see people say “I hate the Yankees… I hate Duke…..”

    Hmmm…


  2. Y! A! N! K! E! E! S!
    Here come the Yankees
    Let’s get behind and cheer the Yankees
    They’re gonna learn to fear the Yankees
    Everyone knows they play to win, cause
    They’re the New York Yankees


  3. “he has also developed a bevy of excellent college basketball players that have also succeeded in the NBA in various aspects. Here are some well known players that have played at Duke and in the NBA; Johnny Dawkins, Danny Ferry, Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill, Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, and Jason Williams.”

    Bevy – interesting choice of word especially when most of them end up as busts; for ex: Ferry, Laettner, Hurley, Hill (injury prone), and Jason Williams.

    I am sorry to say this but Coach K will not win another championship for the rest of his coaching career.

    I am expecting UNC to win it all this year. 🙂



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