Duke Blue Devils Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski Has Extremely Odd Interview With Student Reporter After Third Consecutive Loss

Published 01/24/2021, 11:29 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 definitely in a slump. The 2020-21 NCAA season hasn’t gone well for traditional powers like the Kentucky Wildcats and Duke. The Blue Devils fell to 5-5 on the season, losing their third straight game to the Louisville Cardinals. Both these traditional powers have struggled this season.

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While we have seen Kentucky coach John Calipari make his fair share of headlines, we are now seeing Mike Krzyzewski do the same. This time it was because he gave a quite unexpected response to a Duke student reporter who asked him a basic question about what is next for the Blue Devils.

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“Why don’t we just evaluate this game? I’m not interested in what our next step forward is. We just finished a hard-fought game. What’s your major at Duke? What’s your hardest class? Say you had the toughest Econ test in the world and you walk out and someone asks you ‘What’s your next step?’ Would you have some empathy? Just give us time to evaluate this game and then we’ll figure it out just like we always try to do.”

Duke Blue Devils: Did Coach K have a fair response?

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Evaluating this situation is hard. While Coach K shouldn’t have given such a response to a student for asking a very conventional question, his feelings at the moment would obviously be very hard to gauge. This is a start unlike any other from the Blue Devils in recent years.

COLUMBIA, SC – MARCH 24: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils watches his team warm up before taking on the UCF Knights in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Photos via Getty Images Men’s Basketball Tournament held at Colonial Life Arena on March 24, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

However, Coach K is known to be quite a nurturing figure for many. Even a student reporter would have been quite excited to ask Coach K a question like that, but the response was quite odd. The analogy about the econ class seemed out of place and an unfair comparison.

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If Duke faced Gonzaga it is one thing, but the Cardinals aren’t a team that can be equated to ‘the hardest test in the world’. However, he was heated in the moment after the loss. Maybe this response was a result of it? Hopefully, Duke and Coach K find a way to get their season under order again.

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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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