Mike Krzyzewski has strong ideas about what’s wrong with college basketball (and how to fix it)

Wednesday, 04 October 2017, 04:38:18 AM. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski addressed the state of college basketball on Oct. 3, 2017 in the wake of the federal investigation into the sport, calling for a dialogue about everything from one-and-dones to paying players.
Mike Krzyzewski has built a career and a legacy and yes, a fortune, from the sport of college basketball. And yet there he was Tuesday, posing questions with answers few of his peers would want to consider – essentially saying, at least as strongly as he could, that maybe this game he loves is being played by the wrong rules. In response to questions about the ongoing federal investigation into shoe companies and basketball recruiting that has already cost Rick Pitino his job at Louisville, the Duke coach painted a picture of college basketball that, while entirely accurate, will make NCAA purists cringe. And he called for consideration of changes that, while entirely necessary, will make NCAA purists apoplectic. The fact that college basketball is stuck in the middle of two big-money enterprises – shoe companies and the NBA – that play by different rules is not something anyone seems to want to acknowledge, even as that conflict infects every aspect of the sport. Tuesday, Krzyzewski dove in headfirst. “This is a great game,” Krzyzewski said. “I’ve lived my life with this game. I’ve stayed in college basketball. I believe in it and I’m not alone. There are thousands of coaches and players who have been involved with it. That’s a slap in the face last week. And it’s continued. But it has forced dialogue about this middle – amateurism. Do you pay them? Do you do this? Do you do that? Whatever. I think those are good discussions.” With nary a “student-athlete” to be heard, in a...Read more
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