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Coach K taking Blue Devils to Fort Bragg

Most schools' highest-profile practice happens on campus and as part of a Madness festivity.

But that probably won't be the case for Duke.


Duke is finalizing plans to have its men's basketball team practice in front of troops at Fort Bragg on Oct. 15, three days after preseason workouts officially begin for the Blue Devils, multiple sources have told The Observer. ... According to sources, Duke's basketball team would likely participate in activities such as obstacle course work on the morning of the Monday practice, which would take place in the afternoon at Fort Bragg's Funk Physical Fitness Center. Troops would be invited to watch the practice and have an opportunity to obtain autographs from the Blue Devils.

Fort Bragg is a large Army installation in North Carolina that was established in 1918 and just last year hosted President Obama, who delivered a nationally televised speech thanking soldiers for their service in Iraq. More recently, though, Fort Bragg has been in the news for less celebratory reasons -- specifically a murder-suicide that rocked the community.

Now Mike Krzyzewski will bring better headlines back to Fort Bragg.

And, make no mistake, this is all Coach K.

The Hall of Famer enrolled at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point after high school, played there till 1969, served from 1969 to 1974 and became Army's head coach in 1975. You might've heard that Krzyzewski ultimately landed at Duke and that the past three decades have been pretty good to him. He's won four national championships, made 11 Final Fours and earned two gold medals while leading USA Basketball. And now he's on the verge of taking his Blue Devils to meet with and practice in front of servicemen who look and live similarly to the way he used to look and live.

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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