Coach K: 'I'm not thinking about retirement'

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski laughed off a question about retirement on Thursday.  (USATSI)
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski laughed off a question about retirement on Thursday. (USATSI)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski caught an unexpected question while meeting with the media on Thursday. The Blue Devils' head coach was ready to discuss the upcoming meeting with Mercer in the NCAA Tournament, but was instead faced with a question about his retirement.

When asked if the "up-and-down" nature of the season, both for the team and him personally, had resulted in him considering retirement, Coach K laughed off the idea.

"Did my woke ask you to ask me that or what?" Krzyzewski joked. "No, I'm not thinking of retirement. And it's not been an up-and-down season.

"I mean, every college coach expends a lot of emotional energy during the season. A number of coaches have things that happen in their family like that, just like other people, lawyers, doctors, businesspeople. You have to be able to handle that. That's part of that thing called 'life,' I guess, is what they call it."

After a bumpy 3-2 start to ACC play, Krzyzewski admitted that had been "knocked back" after Christmas -- indirectly referencing his brother's death -- but has not given an indication that any of the setbacks during the season, on the court or off, changed his career plan. The notion that he is ready to retire seems silly, especially when you consider the star-studded recruiting class coming in and his commitment to USA Basketball for the 2016 Olympics.

Tip off for Duke-Mercer is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on Friday in Raleigh.

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