See, He's Not All Bad

By Chris Lauderback on July 6, 2013 at 10:24a
The Two Coach K's: Always Smiling

Sure, Mike Krzyzewski has one of the more punchable faces in college athletics but he's also a pretty smart guy.

Personally, I've always been a fan, despite his legendary smugness, because he wins games and embraces being the Yankees/Cowboys of college basketball. In fact, I see some similarities to Urban in how he goes about his business.

Anyhoo, Coach K talked with the New York Post the other day and he wasn't shy about sharing his thoughts on how Notre Dame was accepted into the ACC: 

"I think you can't do something for one that you're not willing to do for all in these type of situations. I would never have accepted personally them coming in and not being totally in. Why don't Duke and North Carolina do something different in basketball? I mean it's not right. I'm happy that they're part of it I'm just not happy the way that they're apart of it. "They add value but, just being old-fashioned, (if) we're playing cards, we all get five cards. That's why they were never a member of the Big Ten."

Notre Dame hoops coach Mike Brey, a former Krzyzewski assistant, did his part to downplay the comments:

"First of all, isn't Mike Catholic? I feel I have to respond on behalf of my Irish. Come on, man. Come on. In this time of conference realignment, you've got to think outside the box and (ACC commissioner) John Swofford did that. He got us and we're in. Let's wake up and smell the roses. This is a whole new era. ... That's been out there – 'God, they got in, but they got in without bringing football. I'm like, 'We're in man, pat us on the back. We're in the family.' "

“Mike should just hug us and welcome us. Now let’s go make it the best league in the country.”

The teams meet just once on the hardwood next season, in South Bend. Should be a fun one. 


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Phillips.449's picture

The "isn't Mike Catholic" comment is stupid.  I am catholic, and that doesn't mean I blindly follow/root for any catholic university. In fact I am most definitely NOT a fan of ND, mainly because of the fact that they refuse to join a conference.  There are other reasons as well but I am not going to mention them and violate commenting policies because those reasons are more political in nature.

JollyFatMan's picture

I agree completely with Coach K. When I heard they had this semi formal joining with the ACC.. I just laughed. 

How firm thy friendship..

ODEEZ330's picture

I've always.been a duke fan and this guy is why. Love coach k

stark county football

Hovenaut's picture

It's rare I root for Duke, hope they wipe the floor with ND.

GoBucksToledo's picture

Mike Brey = Douche

AndyVance's picture

Coach K is legit - I'm a big fan of the old-school, no-nonsense, call-it-how-you-see-it coaching mindset, and Coach K, like his mentor The General, does it in spades (minus the eceentricities, of course).

fanosu99's picture

Coach K has never been my bad guy. I think he wins with class.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I've never had a problem with Coach K.  I certainly see where he's coming from on this, even if his butt may be a little sore ;)
Also, I'm Catholic, and I fucking hate Notre Dame.

Class of 2010.

buckeye1129's picture

Being Catholic is without a doubt one of the single worst excuses for cheering for Notre Dame in the history of fandom.

FitzBuck's picture

Wow look at that a fan base that doesn't like but respects another teams coach.  Could someone please share this with Florida fans.  (Not all of them just the few that lack any perspective). 

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".