Duke women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie sign copies of "Choice Not Chance" — her first book — from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Gothic Bookshop in Duke's Bryan Student Events Center.
UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp chimed in big time on Twitter today with a serious zinger aimed at Duke basketball and Krzyzewskiville, the tent city where hoops-crazy students spend a good portion of their winter.
I smell a feud. Your turn, President Brodhead!
updated: 10:56 p.m.
DURHAM – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski reached 879 career victories Monday night by building a program, not just a team.
Much like former North Carolina coach Dean Smith – whose mark Krzyzewski tied with the top-ranked Blue Devils’ 98-72 victory over Elon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. And whose record he could surpass as quickly as Dec. 29, vs. UNC Greensboro, which would push Krzyzewski to second on the all-time victories list and make him the winningest coach ever to have worked in the ACC.
“ No one’s done a better job in the ACC, by far, than Dean,’’ Krzyzewski said after his team stayed unbeaten (11-0) by shooting 49.2 percent and out-rebounding the Phoenix by 15. “We’ve done our share, but what he did is set a standard that the league had to adopt or else you drop by the wayside.
“And he’s one of the great pioneers, great coaches … he built a program when most people didn’t know what a program is. And he built one hell of a program at a great school by recruiting unbelievably great great kids, building great relationships with them, and they played a brand of basketball where they showed up every night. And we’ve, I think, done a lot like that in our own way.”
A Duke fan objected to our Saturday story, "Duke plays familiar role again: the villain." The reader noted that we listed some Duke players particularly disliked by opposing fans, including Bobby Hurley, Steve Wojciechowski and J.J. Redick. "I'm sure your sports reporters could name 25 other ACC players with reputations far worse than these," he wrote. "Your sportswriters are very talented and for the most part the coverage this week of Duke has been fantastic....But these kinds of stories -- on page 1 no less -- show why Duke will never have a hometown newspaper. Even during our finest hour, your above-the-fold story promotes hating a program that graduates its players, rarely has an off-the-court issue with its players, gives back to the community and wins -- and loses -- with class and grace."
I agree with his assessment of the Duke basketball program. But I disagree that our Saturday story was inappropriate. No, we can't find 25 other ACC players more disliked than Hurley, Wojo and Redick (Christian Laettner, perhaps the all-time most unpopular Duke player, was on our list too). I don't understand why those players were so disliked but they were. I don't understand why Duke basketball is so disliked but it is. It probably has to do with having so much success, much like the rest of the country hating the New York Yankees in the 1950s (come to think of it, a lot of people still hate the Yankees). We can't ignore the widespread anti-Duke sentiment. Just last week, The Indianapolis Star's senior editor for sports apologized for running a picture of Coach Mike Krzyzewski that had been altered to include a bull's eye and horns. I also will point out that Saturday's N&O also included a lengthy story, "Special K: Final Fours Never Get Old for Krzyzewski," about his remarkable career and the superb job he did with this year's team.
Krzyzewski probably had it right when he said: "As a result of being watched a lot, there are going to be people who really want you to win and (people who) really want you to lose."
See video of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski saying he's not leaving Duke to coach the Lakers. Video by staff photojournalist Chuck Liddy.
Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski begins his fourth season as co-host of a weekly talk show on satellite radio tonight at 7. "Basketball and Beyond With Coach K" and co-host Dave Sims can be heard Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Sirius channel 123 and XM Radio channel 144. The two satellite radio companies merged over the summer.
Krzyzewski's first guest will be Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the USA Basketball senior men's program. Krzyzewski coached the U.S. team to the Olympic gold medal this year in Beijing, China.
Andrew FitzPatrick, a spokesman for Sirius XM, said it was company policy not to reveal contract terms with its show hosts.
The typical monthly satellite radio fee is $12.95, though Fitzpatrick said different programming packages and rates could be found online at www.sirius.com or www.xmradio.com.