Duke Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski Apologizes To Student Reporter For Angry Response After Louisville Cardinals Loss

Published 01/25/2021, 11:35 AM EST
CLEMSON, SC – JANUARY 14: Mike Krzyzewski head coach for Duke during a college basketball game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Clemson Tigers on January 14, 2020, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. (Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


The Duke Blue Devils are having a very rough season. While being 5-5 isn’t a big issue, it is a massive cause of concern for the NCAA heavyweights. They fell to a rough loss at the hands of the Louisville Cardinals two days ago. While Duke was outmatched for that game, the loss was still rough for Mike Krzyzewski.

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Not long after losing their place in the AP Top 25, this loss compounded Duke’s struggles. Coach K was not in the best mood to take post-game questions, as he lashed out at a student reporter for Duke.

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Coach K was ripped online for his exaggerated response to a basic question, but he has made it right. He personally called the reporter Jake Piazza and apologized for his actions.

“My phone rang and Coach K was on the other end of the line. Our call was short, but the sincerity in his apology was genuine. And in the end, I appreciated the call.”

Duke Blue Devils: Coach K makes it right

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Jan 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts on the court during the first half against the Pittsburgh Panthers at the Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Blue Devils may be struggling, but at least Coach K did the right thing. A student reporter for the Duke Chronicle wouldn’t really want to attack a Duke legend like Coach K after a loss. The question was simple and clear, and quite conventional to be asked after a game.

Coach K apologizing shows that he realizes his mistake and has owned up to it. However, this will not be a talking point for too long. The important thing for Duke to do right now is to fix their team on the court. Coach K hasn’t had his young team playing the way he wants to. As a result, he needs to find a way to get them to coalesce.

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Missing out on the NCAA tournament will be a massive blemish on Coach K and Duke’s record. Hopefully, they turn it around and end this season in a strong way.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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