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It appears Coach K will be given another pass in the Wendell Carter situation

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Well, it didn’t take long for the blame to be completely deflected from Mike Krzyzewski. As many of you know, Wendell Carter and his family recently talked about their displeasure with Duke adding Marvin Bagley III just before the season started last year. Carter’s mom, Kylia Carter, said she was “pissed” and the entire family felt Duke’s coaching staff lied about the addition of another talented big.

If all of this is news to you we have you covered HERE.

So, more interesting quotes from a former Duke player about his time playing for Coach K. In recent years we had Derryck Thornton’s “uncle” speak out against Duke’s coaching staff, also saying the staff. Semi Ojeleye transferred from Duke and there were reports that Coach K screamed at his mom. The situation with Duke and Carter isn’t the first time Duke players have been disappointed with their former head coach.

So, what’s it going to take for people to take the halo off Coach K’s head? We have several different occasions of players complaining about Duke and Coach K, but things remain quiet from national media members that wouldn’t hesitate to slam Calipari if he had just one of these grievances aired against him. It’s just another example of a double-standard with some college basketball media members and the way they cover coaches they consider buddies versus other coaches that don’t give them the time of day.

I want to be clear that I think Carter is somewhat in the wrong in this story.  You can make the case him and his family come off as whiny, entitled and unappreciative. Carter was ranked No. 7 in the class of 2017 and went No. 7 in the NBA Draft. That’s pretty damn good. Carter would have a more serious gripe had he been selected in the second round or gone undrafted (like Trevon Duval). However, because he had a great freshman season doesn’t discredit his claims feeling lied to with Duke’s coaches. When a coach leaves a school for another job we feel horrible for the kids and have no problem allowing them to redo their recruitment (or transfer) because the circumstances unexpectedly changed.

Carter was told he would be the premier post scorer for Duke and he would be the guy in the frontcourt. Duke then proceeded  to add Bagley, one of the most dominant high school players in recent memory and at times projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Assuming what Carter and his family are claiming is true, why isn’t that legitimate complaint? Why are we pointing a finger at Carter specifically and giving Coach K a pass? If Carter expected to be the only frontcourt option at Duke, that’s a perfectly reasonable reason to pick the Blue Devils over other college suitors. It’s a big reason why Trae Young went to Oklahoma. Some players want to be THE guy. Obviously fans would always want their teams to be as loaded as possible, coaches too, but players pick their colleges for a variety of reasons and the ability to get plenty of shots isn’t uncommon.

I don’t blame Duke for bringing in Bagley. If Carter truly cared about winning a championship he should have been thrilled with the addition, but Carter is entitled to his own opinions and wants. We shouldn’t tell Carter what he should or shouldn’t prefer. Duke’s staff told Carter he would be the only guy and they brought in Bagley. Again, I don’t blame Duke, but a conversation should have happened between K and Carter to smooth things over, and that clearly didn’t happen. If it did happen it didn’t work. You can’t blame a recruit for being upset when a recruiting pitch he was excited about doesn’t come to fruition. Especially at no fault to the kid. That sort of thing happens in football and college staffs have been banned from high schools because of lying to recruits. K lied to Carter. Maybe it wasn’t intentional, and no one in their right mind would pass on Bagley, but K still broke recruiting promises (again). It doesn’t appear there was an apology, a smoothing over conversation or any sort of realization of a ticked off student athlete.

This by itself wouldn’t be a major deal. Coaches lie to kids. It stinks and it happens. K wanted Bagley and any school would do backflips to bring in such a talented player. I’m not advocating Duke should have passed, but Carter’s issues are warranted, too. They aren’t mutually exclusive. K did what he needed to do to help his team’s chances, but he also broke promises and pissed off a player along the way. K should be asked about this and he’s not blameless in Carter’s gripes. But it’s not the end of the world or a major deal by itself.

But it isn’t by itself. K lied to Thornton and his family. He had a terrible interaction with Ojeleye’s family. Hell, he once lectured an opposing player about class after Duke was knocked out of the tournament.

Why is it commonly accepted that K can do no wrong? Some national media members don’t hesitate to talk about how Calipari is ruining college basketball with one-and-done players, but K adopts the OAD philosophy and no one makes a peep about it. UK fans often are called babies for thinking there is a double-standard but there’s no way the national media member would react the same way had a former Calipari player complained. If a former player said Calipari yelled at his mom that would be talked about on ESPN for weeks. Hell, Calipari has been scrutinized for his demeanor on sidelines. If this was about Calipari then the family would be in the right and the coach in the wrong. Of course he would be ripped if he did any of the above.

K is a media darling and nothing he can do will change that label.



Article written by TJ Walker

23 Comments for It appears Coach K will be given another pass in the Wendell Carter situation

  1. Catcasey1
    12:16 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Coach K is a a$$ and always will be

  2. terwilliger
    12:26 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    The #1 job of all media — be it print, radio, television, what have you — is to remain impartial and unbiased. 95% of today’s media outlets fail miserably at this. The solution is to think for yourself, but sadly most people are lazy sheep which is the ONLY reason why the media gets away with doing such a piss poor job.

  3. 4everUKblue
    12:39 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    A Tempe, Arizona native, Bagley attended Corona del Sol High School in his hometown as a freshman. Then he moved to Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix as a sophomore, where he was teammates with DeAndre Ayton. From there he transferred to Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California but was ineligible to play in his third high school season due to transfer rules. He finally played for Sierra Canyon in what was technically his junior season the next year and was a first-team All-American.

    After playing three seasons (in four years) Bagley reclassified to the 2017 recruiting class, skipping his senior season and committing to Duke.

  4. 4everUKblue
    12:40 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Bagley played 3 seasons in four years for 3 different high schools and was then allowed to reclassify to the 2017 dUKe class. Does anyone think he would have been allowed to play at any other school?

  5. BTownUKFan
    12:50 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    I’m just guessing her but I bet Coach Krratfaceski hates puppies for real.

  6. UK96Champs
    1:18 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe the letter of intent should be able to have clauses? I’m signing with the understanding I will be the last big man you recruit this year. Personally if my kid was that good he wouldn’t sign a LOI

    • njCat
      2:00 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

      Totally agree. This is a perfect example of why NO top 20 player should sign anything. They can do their year anywhere and still get drafted where they’re supposed to. It’s the >20 ranked kids that need to worry about coaching.

  7. rabblerabblerabble
    1:19 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Why are you so obsessed with me?

    – Regina George (also all Duke fans)

  8. 1UKFAN6
    2:24 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    I can’t F%#&king stand DUKE and the way people make every excuse for them and Coach Rat Face K. I get so fired up over this situation.

    • Ez21
      2:35 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

      Plus the bastards got 3 summer practices last year then cancelled the trip so K could recruit Bagley, although he said it was bc he all of a sudden needed back surgery. So they get to go on the trip this year and they’ll still get all 10 practices I guarantee u.

    • crazycatfan65
      3:03 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

      Coach K, cancelled that trip so he could so after Bagley because he lost Knox to us. Those practices they got in last year should be counted towards the 10 this year. The media and the NCAA will treat K like they did/do John Wooden, like they walk on water and it’s has to be someone else’s fault can’t be the coach. They have blinders on when it comes to K and Wooden. I sat behind the dUKe bench at a game several years ago, K cussed so bad I got up and traded seats with a couple so my 4 year old wouldn’t have to hear the F bomb every other word.

  9. kjd
    2:56 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s just take care of our team. I don’t care what Coach K does or doesn’t get away with. All these phenoms know each and talk. K keeps getting the players so the vast majority of players must not have an issue with recruiting/coaching at Duke.
    Whining regularly about K is not a good look for BBN.

  10. Greatcatfan
    3:12 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Everytime an ACC school does something wrong that the conference cares about packages full of green go out to the media, the investigation team, and anyone else they need on their side. Why do you think Our Little Sister of Losers joined.

  11. dukeisking
    3:18 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Sounds like TJ Walker is a little jealous of the duke program.. coach k will go down as one of the greatest of all times… how about the carter family should be happy their son was drafted as high as 7th.. #kingofcollefebasketballCOACHK

    • 4everUKblue
      4:48 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

      K is one of the most overrated coaches in history.

    • 4everUKblue
      4:54 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

      The only thing dUKe is king of is getting away with all the rules violations other programs do not. I can make a list if you’re in that much denial.

    • StuckinLville
      4:55 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

      Duke is not king, they are copy cats. Everything Coach Cal has done, he copies like the pro day. Also, recruits start realizing he lies, it’s only going to hurt him. We will probably start seeing it soon. Plus, Duval going undrafted after being the top pg in the country will hurt. He can’t develop and all these wasted talented teams proves that. This year will be the same thing.

  12. Headhurts
    3:30 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Coach Kay is the moral authority on all things b-ball and life itself, he is the pope of college b-ball. I remember when Kay was inducted to the HOF and Bob Knight ( his buddy) blew him off.

    • 4everUKblue
      4:55 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

      K is a Bobby K wannabe. Only difference is Bobby was an @sshole who DIDN’T cheat.

  13. gwhittle
    3:51 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t blame Coach K for recruiting Bagley. Where he went wrong was blatantly lying about it

  14. Suffering Fools
    6:42 pm June 28, 2018 Permalink

    Coach’s K’s recruiting is based on promises he has no intention of keeping, or at least doesn’t care if he keeps. Recruits should wise up soon.