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.