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Coach K bashes realignment again, calls it an ‘assault on tradition’

Jan 15, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

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Coach K is fired up about realignment again.

He first made his negative feelings toward schools jumping conferences public in November after Maryland announced its move to the Big Ten. At that time, he expressed concern for the future of the ACC, calling it “vulnerable” and predicting more movement.

Now on his Sirius XM radio show, Krzyzewski specifically criticized realignment for breaking the bonds of geographical rivalries and eliminating one of the unique competitive advantages of the sport.

“This is an assault on tradition,” said Krzyzewski. “What sets us apart from the pros? What sets us apart from the rest of the world? Intercollegiate sports is really something that only the United States has. No other country has that.

“And our thing is based on all the right values: loyalty, honesty, tradition,” he continued. “The branding that you have gotten from doing that has elevated the academic institutions that those athletic programs represent. And doing things the way we’re doing it now, based on money, I think it takes away from the academic missions and the innocence that an academic institution has.”

Krzyzewski went on to criticize the culture of decision-making and his concern for the lack of openness in the process.

“[Maryland] didn’t get public opinion from their alums, from the people there,” he said. “All these things are secret. It’s not out there. Some of it gets leaked, but in Maryland’s case it was never leaked. I’m really worried about that type of thinking.”

He makes some legitimate points, no doubt, but I do take issue with a technicality in part of his statement. The “academic missions and the innocence” of a school? I think that noble idea was lost a long time ago. Are college sports programs unique from the pros? Of course. But “innocent”? Let’s not go too far.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. joneildu - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Louisville is coming. Dill with it.

  2. Jeff - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Good for Coach K.

  3. glink123 - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    a coach making $5 million a year, talking about the innocence of the university? puh-lease.

  4. millmannj - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Did he make the same speech when Miami or BC joined the ACC? How ’bout when Notre Dame announced plans in late 2012 to join the conference, did he have a problem with realignment then?

    • basedrum777 - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Yes. He has made numerous statements that he doesn’t like the conferences changing just for money.

  5. eagles512 - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    He’s right but most non duke fans won’t admit it.

  6. drewvt6 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Just stop pretending to be an amateur sport. Become a development league for the pros and let the NCAA set guidelines as to roster size and how players can be signed and paid.

    • basedrum777 - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      If any program shows that college basketball is not set up to be a development league for the NBA its Duke. Its a college that requires a lot of actual studying and runs a college style offense.

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