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Coach K recruiting afterthought turns golden

Coach K recruiting afterthought turns golden

Where did Jordan Goldwire come from? Besides the end of Duke’s bench, that is. Usually, guys like Goldwire, Duke’s lightly recruited sophomore guard, only play during blowouts. With the Blue Devils' NBA combine roster, that means mop-up duty of an overmatched opponent. But on...

Coach K is raking in recruits without Capel

Coach K is raking in recruits without Capel

Duke’s first game against Pitt and former Blue Devils assistant Jeff Capel on Tuesday brought up a touchy subject with Mike Krzyzewski. Capel’s surprise move to Pitt had generated speculation that Duke recruiting might suffer.Try telling Michigan State coach Tom Izzo that Coach K...

Coach in waiting now opposite Duke bench

Coach in waiting now opposite Duke bench

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse’s 73-year-old coach, said something that helps explain Jeff Capel coaching Pitt basketball tonight against Duke rather than seated next to Mike Krzyzewski, 71, for another year as his associate head coach. Boeheim responded to a question about retirement...

Coach K postgame concerns included Ferris

Coach K postgame concerns included Ferris

DURHAM, N.C. – Mike Krzyzewski’s post-game concerns ranged beyond grading his No. 4-ranked basketball team’s performance as the Blue Devils prepared for their season opener with Kentucky on Nov. 6 in the Champions Classic. The venerable Coach K wanted to know if the Bulldogs,...

We learned little about Duke from Kansas game

We learned little about Duke from Kansas game

We learned as much about Duke’s basketball team in its third game of the season as we gained from Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski in a pregame interview.In one of those awkward faux conversations that TV dollars force coaches into, Coach K and Kansas Coach Bill Self met at...

Coach K explains difference between defending and reigning

Coach K explains difference between defending and reigning

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s “reigning national champions” opened their Cameron Indoor Stadium doors on Tuesday for media day a week into preseason basketball practices.“Reigning” as opposed to defending was the word preferred by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. ... Click here for...

Coach K and measuring up to Coach Wooden

Coach K and measuring up to Coach Wooden

No matter how you add up the numbers or inflate college basketball today at the expense of the past, it’s hard to make an all-around case that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has caught up to UCLA’s immortal John Wooden. Coach K won’t even dare try, even though his 12th...

Duke point guards Cook and Jones blend leadership

Duke point guards Cook and Jones blend leadership

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke senior point guard Quinn Cook could have easily viewed himself as being pushed aside when highly touted freshman point guard Tyus Jones arrived on campus with NBA projections and his close friend with his own NBA future, 6-foot-10, 270-pound Jahlil...

Colangelo points to Dean assist for USA Basketball turnaround

Colangelo points to Dean assist for USA Basketball turnaround

One constant throughout tributes to Dean Smith focused on words of a great man with humble deeds rather than a great coach that won games and titles. That was true in the initial comments from players, colleagues and media retrospectives following the legendary North...

Coach K and Gottfried in Holiday parking jam

Coach K and Gottfried in Holiday parking jam

Duke coach Mike Kryzewski, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfriend, North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Wake Forest coach Danny Manning have attended the Holiday Invitational to see such 5-star recruits as Kinston's 6-8 Brandon Ingram, Orangeville Prep's 7-1 Thon Maker and High Point...