Coach K: Penn St. Treatment of Paterno ‘Horrible’

In a Friday appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski attacked Penn State’s handling of the departure of Joe Paterno as the school’s head football coach shortly after longtime PSU assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charged with dozens of crimes related to child sexual abuse on November 5, 2011.

Mike Krzyzewski Joe Paterno

While calling Penn State’s decision to quickly distance itself from Paterno “horrible” and a “real mistake”, Krzyzewski lauded Paterno for doing an “incredible job” at the school.

While Paterno was prevented from coaching out the 2011 season by Penn State after it was learned he had been told in 2001 of a “sexual” incident involving Sandusky and a young boy in the Penn State football showers by then-PSU graduate assistant Mike McQueary, Paterno was never fired by the school and subsequently received full pay and benefits.

Here is the full text of Krzyzewski’s comments on Penn State and Paterno during his Friday appearance on CNN:

“It was horrible, and I’ve respected coach Paterno my entire life and had a chance to get to know him really well in the last year of his life. I thought it was really not well done, in handling the situation. It’s a difficult situation to encounter.

“You had somebody who’s given six decades of service to the university and done such an incredible job. Somehow, you have to let, something has to play out and respect the fact that you’ve gone through all these experiences for six decades. It doesn’t just go out the window right at the end. I thought it was a real mistake by Penn State’s leadership.

“If that happened in my area, I would look to work with my athletic director and my president to have a solution. And if that solution meant that I would step down, I would do it in a way which would be part of the solution, not like you’re just thrown out.

“You have to understand that leadership, you may be asked to step down and that’s part of being a leader.”

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Grant Hill-Jimmy King Story Excised By NY Times

Last night I reported that Grant Hill would be publishing an editorial in the NEW YORK TIMES this week that responded to ESPN’s recent documentary about the Michigan basketball team of the early ’90s.

Grant Hill Jimmy King Training Camp Anecdote Excised From NY Times story

I also noted that in that piece Hill retold an anecdote about trying to help former Wolverine Jimmy King at Pistons training camp in 1999. (You can read about it here.)

Because of that NBA episode between the two former collegiate rivals, I reported last night that in Hill’s NYT piece, he mentioned his disappointment at King calling him a “bitch” in the ESPN documentary - which King himself helped produce. Read more…

Grant Hill To Hit Back At Jimmy King In NY Times

An ESPN documentary on the 1991-93 Michigan basketball team premiered last Sunday.

Jimmy King: Failed NBA player

Contained in the retrospective was former Wolverine Jimmy King offering this analysis of former Duke Blue Devil Grant Hill:

“I thought Grant Hill was a bitch.”

Hill, whose two NCAA basketball championships at Duke included a 71-51 tournament final win over King’s Michigan in 1992, is currently enjoying the 16th season of what has been a remarkable NBA career.

Meanwhile King, after leaving Michigan, played one season in the NBA before being released in 1996 by Denver. Though in ‘99, King was invited to training camp by the Detroit Pistons - a squad led at the time by perennial all-star Hill.

A source at the NEW YORK TIMES told me late Tuesday that Hill has submitted an editorial to the newspaper to be published this week that will detail his feelings about the aforementioned Michigan team. Included in Hill’s piece is an anecdote about King attending Pistons training camp in 1999. Read more…

Duke: Season Soldout Thanx To Bama Home Game

Probably the strangest game on the college football season schedule is Alabama playing at Duke on Sept. 18. When the game was originally scheduled, Alabama had hoped to convince Duke officials to move the game to Charlotte or another neutral site.

Duke Sells Out Season Tickets Because Of Alabama Game

But when Alabama alum, former Ole Miss coach and Tennessee assistant coach David Cutcliffe took over as Blue Devils coach, he put a stop to the possibility.

The TRIANGLE (Raleigh-Durham) BUSINESS JOURNAL reports

In years past, the Blue Devils have “sold” home games against big-time opponents – a practice in which the home team moves a game to a neutral location or the opponent’s home field in exchange for a payment. And there were opportunities to do that again this year, including moving the Alabama game, but Duke made a statement by declining.

“We were courted. We were asked,” says Duke coach David Cutcliffe, whose arrival three years ago has revitalized what arguably was the nation’s worst football program. “This game belongs here.”

Apparently keeping the game at 33,000-seat Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham along with Duke’s gradual improvement under Cutcliffe has led to an unprecedented surge in 2010 season ticket sales.

The RALEIGH NEWS-OBSERVER reported last week:

For the first time in at least a decade, Duke has sold out of football season tickets … for a school that hasn’t posted a winning season since 1994, the run on season tickets in Durham is a big deal.

The Alabama game has drawn so much excitement that the Blue Devils will add up to 3,900 seats in the end zones and the concourses for the matchup, increasing Wallace Wade Stadium’s capacity to 37,841.

Two months ago the Triangle Business Journal pegged Duke season ticket sales at 14,500. With the News-Observer reporting last week that season tickets have sold out, one assumes that previous figure increased considerably in the interim. (The record for Duke football season tickets was reportedly 12,000 in ‘94.)

So did Alabama fans and ticket brokers snap up Duke season seats - at $200 total for seven home games - just to have precious entry into the tiny stadium for the Crimson Tide’s visit to Durham? And are there actually single-game tickets left for the Alabama game?

From the News-Observer last week: Read more…

Video: Butler Fans Celebrate Final Four Victory

Tonight, the Butler Bulldogs take on the Duke Blue Devils for the national championship, hoping to strike a mighty blow for mid-majors everywhere. (But hey, the BCS is a much better system than this March Madness tournament thing, right?)

Butler fans

However, you’d think Butler has already cut down the nets, based on the wild celebrations from Bulldog fans after Saturday’s Final Four win over Michigan State.

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Fix The Magnavox? Wait, That’s Huggs Daughter

Bob Huggins was slayed by the Duke last weekend as his daughter Jenna, the Duchess of L’Orange, looked on.

Jenna Huggins

She’s a cutie. Frosting fetish, I know.

Video: Duke Fans Aren’t Bedeviled By All The Hate

So, of all the #1 seeds in the tourney, only Duke has survived to make it to this year’s Final Four - much to the delight of Dick Vitale & the chagrin of so many other college basketball fans.

Duke fans

But every good drama needs a villain. And with Butler, Michigan State and West Virginia all making surprising trips to Indianapolis next weekend, the Dookies will be happy to play the bad guys.

And how do Blue Devil fans feel about all the animosity aimed at Coach K & the Cameron Crazies?  They say - bring it on!

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Wanna Gouge iPhone App Users? Call Coach K.!

Joe Ovies at in Raleigh discovers a non sequitur association between Duke hoops coach Mike Krzyzewski and a generic iPhone application selling for $2.99.

Coach K App

(Dragons! Panda Bears! Bill Guthridge!)

Press release for what Krzyzewski licensed his name to:

The Coach K App utilizes innovative multi-touch controls that immerse the player into an exciting series of races against multiple artificial intelligence opponents. The game includes three levels of competition with stops in New York City, China and Durham, North Carolina, home to Coach K’s Duke Blue Devils.


Coach K provides personalized “coaching tips” to maneuver players through a series of dynamic obstacles which come to life through trend-setting graphics. Players also have the ability to customize their avatars.

 Players will be challenged to dodge taxicabs and street vendors, while racing through the streets of New York; avoid dragons and panda bears while speeding along the Great Wall of China; and sprint around campus while avoiding the notorious Cameron Crazies and other obstacles. The game climaxes in an intense head-to-head shooting competition against another player over Bluetooth.

No, this isn’t a joke, as Krzyzewski is also quoted in the release. Read more…

Report: Cutcliffe Talking To Vols, No Hire Today


David Cutcliffe

Duke coach David Cutcliffe has not agreed to become Tennessee’s next football coach, a source close to the situation told the News Sentinel on Thursday.

While there appears to be mutual interest and a deal could be struck, UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said earlier in the day that the interviewing process is ongoing.

The News Sentinel also learned that a new coach would not be hired today.

WFMY in Durham had reported earlier:

Sources close to David Cutcliffe tell WFMY News 2 that the former Blue Devil coach is headed to Tennessee.

Knoxville TV station WBIR said it could not confirm the report of its sister station WFMY.

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RichRod Saw No Sucker Punch During Irish Game

• A Michigan player punched a Notre Dame opponent during last weekend’s game? Rich Rodriguez has no idea what you’re talking about.

Rich Rodriguez point

• Duke football players bedevil fans with their own shirtless poster.

• How did Lane Kiffin get to be the coaching genius that he is? By washing Reggie White’s car while his dad coached.

• Bills KR Leodis McKelvin decides not to press charges against the two teens who vandalized his yard after the Pats loss.

• Panthers WR Steve Smith loves teammate Jake Delhomme as a person, but hates him as a QB.

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