Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans lose to Duke in NCAA Tournament

Tom IzzoPhoto: Getty Images The time has come to downgrade Tom Izzo’s rep. For the lack of a better word, it has turned to goo. At one point, many believed Izzo, the Michigan State basketball coach, owned March. Yes, if there was a will, Izzo would find a way to coach his players up and … Read more

Nearly 7 years sober, former Duke player credits Coach K with push needed to get help :: WRALSportsFan.com

By Ryan Bisesi, WRAL multiplatform producer Late in the 1992 national semifinal against Indiana, Duke superstar Grant Hill fouled out with the Blue Devils holding a 69-61 lead and three free throws coming for the Hoosiers. Mired in another tight game a week after the unforgettable regional final against Kentucky, Coach Mike Krzyzewski looked down … Read more

Jay Williams torn on Mike Krzyzewski succession drama at Duke

Jay Williams found himself torn. Last month, Post columnist Ian O’Connor broke the news, in his biography of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, that Duke offered the job to succeed the legendary head coach to Harvard coach Tommy Amaker. However, O’Connor reported that Coach K called Amaker, a former player of his, on a Zoom call … Read more

‘Don’t put him on that plane!’ Steve Vacendak recalls the search that landed Mike Krzyzewski :: WRALSportsFan.com

By Pat Welter Steve Vacend is a humble man who has accomplished great things. “Over here we have my Duke University Hall of Fame ring,” Vacendak said as he pointed to one of his many awards. “I played hard all the time,” Vacendak said of his playing days. “I was a very good defensive player.” … Read more

Knicks’ RJ Barrett playing at an All-Star level

PHOENIX — Legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski may have produced another NBA All-Star out of Tobacco Road. As Krzyzewski prepared for his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday against North Carolina, the Knicks’ RJ Barrett was having the type of season at age 21 that makes him a projected future All-Star — perhaps … Read more

LeBron James once told Mike Krzyzewski to ‘fix’ Kobe Bryant

LeBron James told US Olympic basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski to “fix that motherf–ker” Kobe Bryant – inspiring the Duke coach to take action — after the Lakers legend played selfishly in the leadup to the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, according to an SI. com excerpt from the new book on Krzyzewski’s career by New … Read more

Mike Krzyzewski pushed Tommy Amaker out as Duke successor

Tommy Maker and Coach K in 1986.NCAA Photos via Getty Images Duke University wanted to hire Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker last spring to replace the retiring Mike Krzyzewski, even going so far as to offer him the job. However, Coach K talked his former player and assistant out of taking it so he could … Read more