One2One interview with Mike Krzyzewski
Coach K opens up about how he dealt with ridicule that his daughter received at her North Carolina high school.
I stated previously that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t have a chill mode. If you didn’t believe me, the One2One interview that will air Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network should seal the deal.
In a sitdown interview with CBS Sports Network college basketball analyst Alaa Abdelnaby (who played for Krzyzewski), Coach K opens up about how he dealt with ridicule that his daughter received at her North Carolina high school. Check out the clip above.
After a Duke loss to North Carolina early in his career, his daughter was antagonized the next morning by about 50-60 students banging on lockers and yelling derogatory comments about her father. She later called him crying and asking for her dad to pick her up from school. Coach K responded with:
“Honey, I’m not going to pick you up,” Krzyzewski said, recounting the story with tears welling in his eyes. “I’ll bring you a Duke sweatshirt. The Krzyzewskis aren’t going to be treated that way.”
That type of resolve is what his Duke program was built on, he said. No matter what, they will not back down.
“This is earned, and the thing you have to be careful about with each new group you have is to let them know that they have to earn it. And you know what, you have to earn it again, too,” Krzyzewski said. "You’re not this legendary coach who has four championships and you’re just supposed to do it. No, you better get down and get dirty and get this done.”
He is a legendary coach with four championships and the most wins in college basketball history, but his 876 wins don’t matter if he can’t get six straight wins in March and April to bring home a title.
Catch the rest of Coach K’s interview on Tuesday on CBS Sports Network at 6:30 p.m. ET. Use our channel finder to find CBS Sports Network on your television.
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