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Coach K bans players from Duke locker room and won’t let them wear Duke gear

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Coach K might still be on the mend from back surgery, but apparently, he’s healthy enough to put his foot down. According to a report from ESPN, Krzyzewski held a team meeting Tuesday night and told his players they’re no longer welcome in the Duke locker room, nor are they allowed to wear any Duke apparel. The move follows Duke’s loss to NC State on Monday, the third loss in four games for the Blue Devils, who are 2-3 under interim coach Jeff Capel.

How long will this bizarre punishment last? “Until they start living up to the standards of the Duke program,” a source told Jeff Goodman.

Remember when the media all but gave Duke the national championship trophy at the beginning of the season? Even after they lost to Kansas in the Champions Classic, some writers (cough, Rob Dauster, cough) wrote, “Just give them the damn title.” There’s a lot of basketball to be played, and it would be so like the basketball gods to have the Dukies turn it around and win the whole thing, but that’s hard to imagine given all the drama in Durham lately.

If Duke’s disappointing season has taught us anything, it’s that wearing the “super team” tag isn’t nearly as easy as John Calipari and the 38-1 group made it look.

[ESPN]

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28 Comments for Coach K bans players from Duke locker room and won’t let them wear Duke gear



  1. gright
    4:50 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

    Do they have to get dressed in the parking lot and wear UNC gear?



  2. snarkster
    5:02 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe coaching does matter and Capel really really sux.



    • TBW3011
      6:29 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

      Of course coaching matters. That said, this team didn’t look the part before Coach K bailed. And the schedule has been much tougher since he bailed. Their record wouldn’t be much different right now with or without him. Maybe they’d have lost 1 less game. Maybe.



    • Catsby80
      7:59 am January 27, 2017 Permalink

      I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have blown that 15+ point lead against NCST the other night…



    • ukjaybrat
      8:53 am January 27, 2017 Permalink

      but the ncaa will give them the benefit of the doubt and they’ll still get a 2-3 seed



  3. Realme
    5:20 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

    I saw this headline on Twitter and thought it was a joke article. Hope it doesn’t help.



  4. Han
    5:20 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

    Who was it that did this a year ago or so to one of their players? Was it K then, too?

    Stay classy, Coach K. If the players aren’t living up to Duke, it’s because you and your staff either a) didn’t teach them well, or b) recruited people with bad attitudes.

    Either way, your fault, and taking away their toys because they’re losing is just more evidence that you always blame players for their mistakes and never accept any blame. Don’t worry, though, Vitale and your other mouthpieces will praise you for it, as usual.



  5. Rod Crandler
    5:27 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe we can get Billy Gillespie to give him some additional “techniques” for player improvement.



  6. RealCatsFan
    5:28 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

    Did that backbone implant surgery go too far? 😀



    • kvltclassic
      6:39 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

      hahahahhahaha



  7. david8577
    5:29 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

    What an asshole.



  8. poppycat
    5:39 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

    Remember the Jason Kidd team that committed mutiny ?
    Got their coach replaced….
    Now that would be fun!



    • UK Big Bored Update
      6:16 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

      The NCAA wouldn’t permit that.

      They enjoy Mike’s servicing of them too much.

      That’s why they compensate him annually with the #1 seed at home along the easy road to a championship.



    • ukjaybrat
      8:55 am January 27, 2017 Permalink

      no more home games for duke in the tourney. they will have to drive a few miles to get out of the state first



  9. runningunnin.454
    6:01 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

    He must be nuts….are they going to play naked?



  10. TBW3011
    6:31 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

    When asked to comment, guard Grayson Allen said, “Why is Coach K trippin? That’s my job.”



  11. jaws2
    7:03 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

    What a rat face!



  12. BLUEsky
    8:00 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

    I’ve been holding off on this to see if someone else said it first, but doesn’t G. Allen look like he could be coach K’s son? He He He. Sorry, but I couldn’t hep it boss. I couldn’t hep it.



    • Luether
      8:41 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

      Also looks like your brother…



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:47 pm January 26, 2017 Permalink

      Luether, u mad?



    • symphonist41169
      8:02 am January 27, 2017 Permalink

      If Coach K and Ted Cruz could mate, the result would look like Grayson Allen.



  13. StuckinLville
    12:26 am January 27, 2017 Permalink

    Injuries or not, this Duke team has become a laughing stock. And I think it’s hilarious considering everybody and their mama thought Duke would just crush everyone and run away with the title. Allen should have left last year, Bolden should have come to UK, and Frank Jackson is clearly overrated. Either that or Coach K just can’t develop. I see this as a good thing for UK though. Recruits are going to take notice that Coach K can’t put a bunch of superstars out there and get results.



    • Catsby80
      8:02 am January 27, 2017 Permalink

      Dude don’t be irrational. They just won a title 3 years ago with 3 first round draft picks that were all freshmen. I’m as die hard UK as it gets, but to suggest that K can’t coach or can’t develop or whatever it is that you’re insinuating is ignorant at best. The dude has won more games than anyone else in the history of the game. Give me a break.



  14. 2Dogs
    8:54 am January 27, 2017 Permalink

    Everybody get on board and burn their Duke gear.



    • satcheluk
      4:23 am January 28, 2017 Permalink

      Who has Duke gear around here?