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Mike Krzyzewski, Teacher


[Grayson Allen’s suspension] gives me time as a teacher to teach…As a teacher, these are kids, I’ll look at it…it’s a learning experience and I’m going to use that and as a teaching moment…He won’t play until I feel good about the entire situation and where he is at, that’s my responsibility as a coach and as a teacher of young men.”
-Mike Krzyzewski discussing Grayson Allen’s “indefinite suspension” on Dan Patrick’s radio show 


Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski has long been known as a die-hard defender of his players, and his appearance on Dan Patrick’s show Thursday was no different in light of the suspension of Grayson Allen after yet another tripping incident. Some might even suggest that Coach K’s insistence upon being such a good teacher has left some of his players to falter. Take, for instance, the following examples:


On Allen’s similar tripping of FSU’s Xavier Ranthan-Mayes in Feb. 2016:
“Look, you know, as a teacher you take these kinds of moments seriously, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to teach a young man like Grayson to become a stronger person and player for it, and as a teacher that’s what I’ll do.”

On telling Oregon forward Dillon Brooks he’s “too good of a player to be showing off” after a Sweet 16 loss to the Ducks:
“I, you know, just wanted to use that as a teaching moment for Brooks. As a teacher I recently attended a seminar with other teachers in February at the New Bern Ramada about empowering students to have healthy confidence and I was just trying to pass along some of the new techniques of ‘grounding encouragement’ I learned during that very informative weekend. It’s my duty as a teacher to do that.”

On Krzyzewski’s failing to shake hands of Syracuse players after a two-point loss in January:
“I had a lot on my mind, you know? As a teacher, I had been up until 4 a.m. the night before doing lesson plans. The upcoming week is what I always call “Inventors Week,” and I like the students to not only learn about famous inventors but I like it to be interactive, you know? That’s why I have them make their own inventions. I think they like it a lot. Anyway, I was thinking about that. As a teacher, you never stop caring.”

On Duke’s 2014 NCAA loss to Mercer:
“Listen. I’m a teacher, okay? And I realize that basketball is important to Duke University, but you know what? So is trying to get the VCR from another teacher in the Humanities Building so I can show my students A Separate Peace after we just finished the unit. I signed up for that VCR a month ago and he’s kept it for too long. He’s not even using it. There need to be better rules about how you check out audio-visual equipment for classroom use. It needs to be discussed at the faculty meeting, I’ll tell you that much.”

On an NCAA investigation into forward Lance Thomas’ exorbitant jewelry purchasing 2010:
“I’m pleased that the investigation is over because as a teacher I have more to worry about than jewelry. Tomorrow is crazy hat day, and the kids always crack up when I come in wearing this hilarious hat I own. No, I’m not going to tell you what it is; it’s a secret. But trust me, when they see their teacher wearing it they always just lose it. I love those moments. I love teaching.”

On a technical foul during Duke’s loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament in 2014:
“Sometimes I get mad. I do. I admit it. And I don’t like it when these players see their teacher get that mad. But I think a lot of that tension is relieved when these guys see their teacher put on sunglasses and a big fake necklace when all the teachers get together and make a funny rap filled with inside jokes and perform it for the students on the last day of school. Then we’re all laughing, and they see that their teacher is a human being. He gets mad, sure, but he also creates teaching moments. And he also can have fun too.”

On a 74-47 loss to Clemson in 2009:
“Sure, it’s a bad loss. But you know what else is bad? When your students come in on the first day of school and maybe they’re nervous; maybe they don’t think they’re going to make new friends. That’s why then, on the bulletin board, they see a funny squirrel and guess what? Each of their desks has an acorn with their name on it. Next thing you know they’re laughing, meeting new classmates. As a teacher, it’s my job to make them comfortable, make them unafraid and create these teaching moments. It’s the most important thing I do at Duke University.”



Article written by C.M. Tomlin

All I want is a HI-C and a turkey sandwich. @CM_Tomlin

11 Comments for Mike Krzyzewski, Teacher

  1. leon singleton
    7:10 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

    I bet Allen trips in practice.

    • UK Big Bored Update
      8:48 am December 24, 2016 Permalink

      He does.

      It is a drill.

      Just like flopping.

      And, floor slapping.

  2. BLUEsky
    7:52 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

    I am generally hesitant to call out people who have achieved a greater level of success than me, but in this case I’ll make an exception. I CALL BS ON THIS ONE! That answer about not shaking the hands of the Syracuse players was answered just like a politician.

    It was no answer. It’s like asking, coach, is the sky blue today?

    Coach: Weather patterns around here can change from day to day, you know. I always teach that. By the way, I didn’t really sleep well last night. I could hear the birds chirping outside my window.

    How about the teaching moment when Laettner stomped on our guy?

    BS, such BS. I am so sick of fake people. Sorry for the rant, but this article got my goat so to speak.

    • BLUEsky
      7:56 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

      I should have asked, but is this article for real? I mean, some of those answers border on being psychotic. If this is not for real, consider taking out the quotation marks.

    • UK Big Bored Update
      8:46 am December 24, 2016 Permalink

      Coach K is full of shit. He’s been there since 1980. He is an enabler. Look at the roster of despised dookies (from Laettner to Wojo to Grayson Allen). Mike teaches FLOPPING. He loves having a villain on his team each year. Considers it a dook advantage….spoiled white boy privelege – which he believes gives his squad an annual edge. It has finally caught up with him. It is beyond time for Mike to retire. The trippings last year by Grayson Allen coupled with his defense of the players actions yet harsh words for the Oregon player really indicate that he is NOT a teacher – but he is a bully….just like his mentor was. It is time for Coach K to retire.

  3. garypatterson7o
    8:23 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

    A teaching moment came after the first and second time this happened. After the third, it’s time for Out Of School Suspension.

  4. kygolfkat51
    8:35 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

    Not much of a teacher if he has to give the same lesson three times.

  5. blueballs80
    8:41 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

    Does anyone really care or pay attention to rat face? The stuff he says is worth less than used toilet paper after a doodoo wipe.

  6. Rixter
    11:46 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

    Will this suspension be longer than some of Pitino’s ‘indefinite suspensions’ of Derrick Caracter? DC was indefinitely suspended three different times, for a total of 20 minutes of game time

    • CATandMONKEY
      3:36 am December 24, 2016 Permalink

      For better or worse, indefinite suspensions could last from a half game to an entire season. If a coach slaps a 4 game suspension on someone, loses a few guys to injury the next game and wants to reinstate suspended player prior to end of 4 games, he loses any and all credibility.
      Indefinite gives coaches an out.