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Purdue booed Coach K ... and I didn't like it

Posted on: December 3, 2008 12:12 am

Let me explain.

First, yes, I've booed Mike Krzyzewski. Several times. We've clashed on many an occasion, because that's what two great competitors at the tops of their field will do. (Ahem.)

But this was wrong. When Coach K walked onto the court minutes before tipoff Tuesday night at Purdue, the Purdue crowd booed the absolute hell out of him. And it's not right.

Why? Because Coach K just won a gold medal. He led the U.S. basketball team back to its place atop the world at the 2008 Olympics, and for that, he deserves a little respect. Not love. Not adoration. And not around the ACC, where the rivalries are too big.

But when the man walks into a packed house on a basketball-loving campus like the one at Purdue -- especially for the first time since the Olympics -- the basketball-loving people in the crowd should show him some appreciation and give him polite applause.

Or at the very least, they should shut up and let the U.S. gold medalist walk to his bench in respectful silence.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2009 8:03 pm

Purdue booed Coach K ... and I didn't like it

Wow... I just saw this. Sorry it took so long. 
I do want to say that I truly believe this when I say it. Coach Keady is a much better coach than he ever got credit for. I say this because he coached team after team after team to the sweet sixteen and more (6)  Big Ten titles than most people realize. He did all of this with one four-star recruits and few future NBA standouts. The only real star he ever had was Robinson for two years. Seriously, Robinson, Brian Cardinal, Brad Miller and Carl Landry.  Two NBA All-Stars in 20+ years of coaching. 
Coach K has and entire roster of McDonald's All-Americans, turned into NBA stars. My point is that Duke should be winning much more than they do with the talent they have had. They should be in the final four every year on TALENT ALONE, but they just don't make it.  This reflects directly on their coach. You cannot argue that point. 
So yes. I boo him when I see him the same way that I boo Phil Jackson for being WAY overrated. I don't like the way he coaches. I really do believe he makes the team conform to his plan instead of planning around the skills of his players. He NEVER adapts to his talent the way that Keady did. I am sorry I feel this way, but its the way it is and until he starts to do this, they will continue to get beat by better TEAMS.  

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 2:24 pm

Purdue booed Coach K ... and I didn't like it

Maybe you´re just becoming mature old?

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2008 6:33 am

Purdue booed Coach K ... and I didn't like it

You know it's not only the gold medal's the Big 10/ ACC challenge for cancer research.  And here is Duke and Purdue playing for a pretty good cause which should be applauded.  I think not remembering the Olympics (who watches that stuff anyway?  ahem) is a little more forgivable than coming in for Jimmy Valvano which is what this challenge is all about.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2008 4:33 pm

Purdue booed Coach K ... and I didn't like it

  • 2004 Olympic Games: finished 3rd among 12 teams

Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Shawn Marion, Carlos Boozer, Carmelo Anthony, Stephon Marbury, Richard Jefferson, Lamar Odom, Emeka Okafor (Coach: Larry Brown)


Shouldn't "anybody" have been able to win with this team?

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2008 4:16 pm

Purdue booed Coach K ... and I didn't like it

Yeah, I gotta say this "Anybody could have won with that team" stuff is patently ridiculous.  Then why couldn't John Thompson do it?  Why couldn't Larry Brown do it?  George Karl "led" the team to finish 6th in the 2002 FIBA World Championships and then Larry Brown "took" the Bronze in 2004.  K was appointed and shook things up and began forming a new team.  They lost one game in 2006 for FIBA (getting the bronze) and players were adjusting to the new team and style.  And then they smoked their way to Olympic Gold.  I don't think people can say anyone would have won with that team, because the evidence does not support that claim.

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2008 3:54 pm

Purdue booed Coach K ... and I didn't like it

Coach K is possibly the best basketball coach ever.  No one can dispute him being in the top ten.  He is a great man and just helped restore some American pride by winning gold. 

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2008 3:48 pm

Purdue booed Coach K ... and I didn't like it


Whoa on 1994.  If you understand K, you understand that (a) if he really said that - and I never heard that but will take you at your word, although I would wager that might be paraphrasing, he was talking about team ball, and (b) he was right from a team sense.  Sorry - he was.  Purdue in 1994 was Bid Dog and a bunch of guys who complemented Big Dog BUT were not particularly good at Team D or well coached - Gene Keady was one of the all-time underachieving tournament coaches, a fact that I am sure you would agree with.

Do you not attribute Big Dog's "first bad game" to anything Duke did?  Duke has always been able to beat any team that had one big star and a bunch of role players - always.  Len Bias and Maryland in 1986.  Mark Macon and Temple in 1988.  Big Dog and Purdue in 1994.  They have always neutralized one big scorer because Coach K knows how to game plan for that.  Keady was outcoached and the Purdue team was outplayed.  If K said that, he was complimenting his Team D.

However, while that might make you boo, I seriously doubt most of the fans there had any recollection of that.  I'd be happy to be proven wrong.

I think it is simply a function of people hating Duke for reasons I have asked about.  Every other post on this board says Duke is "the most reviled team in the country".  Why isn't UNC as reviled?  They have been better in recent years and are a juggernaut this year, but Coach K would get booed anywhere way more than Roy Williams.  Why?  Is it because everyone knows Coach K keeps Duke basketball above the level it "should" be at, which begs another question - why shouldn't Duke be any good?  Why is Duke so reviled?  I have put forth my theory but no one will own up to why they hate Duke or why everyone takes it as a given that Duke is the most hated team in the country.  People making that claim should justify and explain it.  If you think it is right to hate Duke, say why.

Since: Oct 3, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2008 9:53 am

Purdue booed Coach K ... and I didn't like it

I've been to numerous college basketball games in my time, (as an alumnus of Illinois) and I've watched even more on tv as a loyal college basketball fan, and I can say that I have never been to a game where the Coach of the opposing team has been booed as they entered the court. I'm not sure what schools you all go to or watch, but it's common decency to respect the other teams coaching staff unless they've done something to disrespect your school, and I've never seen Coach K do anything that can even seem the littlest bit disrespectful to his opponent.

There is a way that things are done, and the crowd at Purdue obviously had no clue on how to participate respectfully in watching a competitive sport. It was appalling and they should be ashamed of themselves.... Gene Keady would have never stood for it and I'm sure he's as embarassed for you as most of the country is...


Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2008 12:24 am

Purdue booed Coach K ... and I didn't like it

Really Doyle?  Are you serious?  Did you just step off the set of "Leave it to Beaver"?

Coach K and the USA win gold and restore order to the basketball universe.  Kudos and mad respect for the victory!  We ALL are proud of them.  But he shows up with his ranked Blue Devils against a ranked Purdue team on Purdue's HOME COURT during the REGULAR SEASON (NOT an exhibition) and you expect Purdue fans to lay down?!?!  Have you lost your mind?!?! 

I went to UConn and HATE (but respect) Duke.  I would be ASHAMED of my fellow Husky fans if Coach K and Duke were at Gampel Pavillion for a game that counts and DID NOT GET BOOED UNMERCIFULLY!!!  It's the regular season!!!  

Hey Doyle, Calhoun is now a Hall of Famer!  Do you think the "Cameroon Crazies" will NOT boo him in Cameroon?!?!  I mean, he's a Hall of Famer now!  Really?  They'll boo Calhoun at THE AIRPORT!!! 

Doyle, zip up your fanny pack on your way home.  My guess is you were in full costume for the "High School Musical" premiere.


Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2008 11:21 pm

Purdue booed Coach K ... and I didn't like it

Purdue fans are used to booing egomaniacal, self-serving, arrogant, smug, hypocritical coaches. They have a ton of experience from about 1971 to 2000 booing the biggest scumbag to ever work the sidelines of a college basketball game...Bobby Knight. Coach K is just the surrogate replacement. They needed a Bobby fix.



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