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The Best of Sports Illustrated’s Coach K Coverage – Sports Illustrated

The end of Mike Krzyzewski’s illustrious coaching career is nearing. On Saturday, the Duke coach will be on the sideline for the final time at Cameron Indoor Stadium as his Blue Devils host rival UNC. Next will come Coach K’s final ACC tournament, and then, of course, his last NCAA tournament, where Duke will look to send him off as a national champion.

Sports Illustrated has had vast coverage of Krzyzewski’s head coaching career, which began in 1975 at Army before he took over in Durham in 1980, and included time in charge of USA Basketball. As Coach K says goodbye to college basketball, we’re rounding up the best of our stories about the legendary coach and the program he built.

Every Sports Illustrated Duke Cover Under Coach K

Jabari Parker and Krzyzewski.

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March 16, 1992: Blue Angel (by Alexander Wolff)

Leaving the neighborhood was Krzyzewski’s first big step. Even in the late 1960s, one didn’t do it lightly. Polish-Americans gave one another copious amounts of love and support, but for those who struck out on their own and did no better than muddle through, there was much I-told-you-so clucking back along Damen Avenue. “You could go to college,” Krzyzewski remembers, “but you couldn’t go away to college.”

Feb. 22, 1999: No More Mr. Nice Guys (by Tim Crothers)

So focused is Krzyzewski on emotions that during practice the day after a 22-point win at Clemson on Jan. 20, he reviewed a game tape with his players that included no action, only their confident and passionate faces. By all accounts Coach K’s own zeal has returned to a level not seen since the beginning of the decade. On the eve of the Jan. 27 home game against North Carolina, Krzyzewski spoke inside Cameron Indoor Stadium to the mob of students who had been sleeping outside in tents for the better part of a month to get the choicest seats. “If you’re not going to be intense,” Coach K said, “then don’t f—— show up.”

Nov. 21, 2005: The Duke Way (by Grant Wahl)

For the next hour the only music in Cameron is MC Krzyzewski laying down the smack: “You freshmen are so damn loose with the ball. That’s ridiculous. Pass the ball like you’re passing to men, not little boys…. Greg, don’t throw that pass. That’s a lazy pass. That’s why you have six turnovers today…. The reason you guys turn the ball over so much is because you don’t talk…. You have not been competing the last 20 minutes. You want the white shirts to kick your ass right now.”

Summitt and Krzyzewski: 2011 SI Sportspersons of the Year (by Alexander Wolff)

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Source: https://www.si.com/college/2022/03/04/coach-k-duke-sports-illustrated-stories

The end of Mike Krzyzewski’s illustrious coaching career is nearing. On Saturday, the Duke coach will be on the sideline for the final time at Cameron Indoor Stadium as his Blue Devils host rival UNC. Next will come Coach K’s final ACC tournament, and then, of course, his last NCAA tournament, where Duke will look to send him off as a national champion.

Sports Illustrated has had vast coverage of Krzyzewski’s head coaching career, which began in 1975 at Army before he took over in Durham in 1980, and included time in charge of USA Basketball. As Coach K says goodbye to college basketball, we’re rounding up the best of our stories about the legendary coach an…….

The end of Mike Krzyzewski’s illustrious coaching career is nearing. On Saturday, the Duke coach will be on the sideline for the final time at Cameron Indoor Stadium as his Blue Devils host rival UNC. Next will come Coach K’s final ACC tournament, and then, of course, his last NCAA tournament, where Duke will look to send him off as a national champion.

Sports Illustrated has had vast coverage of Krzyzewski’s head coaching career, which began in 1975 at Army before he took over in Durham in 1980, and included time in charge of USA Basketball. As Coach K says goodbye to college basketball, we’re rounding up the best of our stories about the legendary coach an…….

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