Dribble handoff: Will Mike Krzyzewski change his mind and return as Duke’s head coach?

Duke’s 42nd season with Mike Krzyzewski will surely be a memorable one, as he coached the Blue Devils to the ACC regular season title and Final Four game. These achievements came when he and his team were in even more spotlight than usual after Krzyzewski announced last June that the 2021-2022 campaign would be his last.

Judging by the great microscope that the Blue Devils were under, and the fact that they relied heavily on three new students, it went pretty well. Of course, losses to arch-rivals North Carolina in Coach K’s last home game on March 5, along with a historic loss to Tar Heels in the Final Four, were bitter pills for Duke fans to swallow. This may have been a good season, but losing to UNC was a difficult way to end it.

At the end of the season, Krzyzewski’s final career comes as a shock to the college basketball system. Despite calling assistant coach Jon Scheyer as his successor last season, the rumor mill of the sport is already buzzing with questions about whether Krzyzewski, 75, could change his mind and decide to continue working.

Former Duke star and current college basketball expert Jay Williams turned on this feature on Monday. As Duke’s assistant Nolan Smith is reportedly on his way to becoming Kenny Payne’s chief assistant in Louisville, Duke’s staff is certainly on the move.

So what are the chances that Krzyzewski will change his mind and decide to return to the 43rd season as coach of the Blue Devils? Our writers weigh that stuff in this edition of dribble handoff.

Can not see it happening

I guess I would never say never because the world is full of people who make strange decisions. But, man, I would be shocked if Krzyzewski came back after going through a farewell trip that was not popular with everyone for the first time.

Would he really do that? that again?

I highly doubt it.

Remember that one of the reasons Krzyzewski wanted Scheyer to take over from Tommy Amaker is that Scheyer was already on staff. According to the story, Krzyzewski considered it “disruptive” in general and “uncomfortable” for Scheyer to have Amaker, who is now a coach at Harvard, on the staff to work under him for one season before taking over. Well, what could be more disturbing in general, and more uncomfortable for Scheyer, than that Coach K returns now after Scheyer worked non-stop so he could start his head coaching career in the nation’s top recruit? In addition, one of the reasons Krzyzewski said he announced his retirement plans last summer was that the prospects Duke had aimed for knew exactly who they would be playing for when they signed up. Coming home now, in these circumstances, would fly directly against the statement he used to explain his plan.

Losing his last home game to North Carolina, and then ending his career with UNC, is likely to eat Krzyzewski. I understand that. To some extent, I imagine it will bother him forever. But the icon won the ACC and set a 13th Final Four record in his last season at an age far beyond the number most people have been pushed out of the sport. That is awesome. Chances are he would not do better next season. In fact, he’s likely to do worse. So the right thing for Krzyzewski to do is just focus on an incredible career that spanned almost five decades, worry very little about how he ended up, follow through on his commitment to hand over Scheyer things and enjoy the rest of his life away from court. Maybe I’m childish, but I suspect that’s exactly what he’s going to do. A turnaround at this point would, of course, be shocking. – Gary Parrish

He would be hated even more than Tom Brady

So the reason we do this is basically that Jay Williams went on TV and hinted that it was unlikely to happen. I do not have it right? And Williams also said that he did not have any of this as a learned intellect, if you will, and that he was just poking fun. Loud. About his former coach – the greatest coach in college sports – to double back on one of the most famous and popular farewell seasons in American sports history. Wow.

But do you know what? That can not happen. I asked Krzyzewski clearly if he was completely satisfied with this decision before the game between North Carolina and Duke. He closed the door. Again. Said to be done.

And then he lost twice to UNC. Torment, I know. But this must not happen. Krzyzewski is rightly, in basketball circles, in the highest respect of all in that world. But for sports fans, K is skating. He likes it just as much as he cares. Going back to what he went through would be so toxic that I think it would seriously damage his image and negatively affect Duke in the process. That’s not what he wants. I just can not see this. He is 75 years old, everything imaginable has been done to drive him away. This is it. Going back and coaching Duke for another season would make him a solid villain for so many sports fans at a level we rarely see. – Matt Norlander

Never say never, but …

Sports retirement is easily the least frequent retirement of them all. Remember when ACC member Jim Boeheim said he would retire in three years? That was seven years ago. Or when Rick Pitino of Louisville retired, only to return to training the following year (and later to college shortly thereafter)?

In training, especially with as much money as there is out there, you can never really never say. So I’m not saying that Krzyzewski is unlikely to return.

But it is certainly very, very unlikely. Imagine the reaction K would get if he spent an entire season cycling on some adventurous farewell ride to reverse the trend. It’s just not happening. Jon Scheyer is the guy now. This is how K wanted it, this is how Duke organized it and Scheyer did it by landing nine newcomers in just over nine months, including the 1st upcoming recruitment category for next year. Nothing – not even a painful loss for North Carolina in the Championship – is likely to change what has been going on for almost a year now. – Kyle Boone

Not a chance

If Krzyzewski chose to return, he would undermine Scheyer and make Duke even more despised in the world of sports. Tom Brady did it. But he did not have a whole farewell trip at first. You are not allowed to announce that you are quitting, accept all the praise and praise in a well-publicized circle of victory … and then change your mind. This was Krzyzewski’s plan, and if he quit now, it would look silly and unprofessional and could even hurt the program in the long run. He’s smart enough to realize this, so he’s unlikely to come back.

“It has worked.”

That’s what Krzyzewski said about the program’s successor plan. If the action was so delicate that it was drained of a loss to North Carolina in the playoffs, or Nolan Smith’s departure to Louisville this week since Coach K said those words, then it was a poor plan for the first time. site. Employee turnover is an annual reality in college basketball and it is an emotional and brutal loss that ends the season as well. – David Cobb

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