Coach K: Retirement not close
In case anyone was wondering, and with his minor health scare a few weeks back the subject did enter people’s minds, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Thursday he has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Prompted by a question during an NCAA Tournament news conference at Raleigh’s PNC Arena, where No. 8 Duke will play Mercer on Friday (12:15 p.m., WRAL), Krzyzewski removed any doubt about his status with Duke.
“Did my wife ask you to ask me that or what?” Krzyzewski said. “No, I'm not thinking of retirement.”
In his 34th season as Duke’s coach, Krzyzewski has already led the Blue Devils to four NCAA championships. He is the all-time leader in Division I men’s coaching wins with 983.
This year’s Blue Devils (26-8) enter the NCAA Tournament carrying more losses than any Duke team since the 2006-07 season.
Krzyzewski has also had a trying year off the court with his older brother, William, dying following a battle with cancer last December. In addition, the 67-year-old Krzyzewski complained of dizziness and lightheadedness during the second half of an 82-72 loss at Wake Forest on March 5. He coached the entire game, but didn’t attend his post-game news conference. Upon returning Durham, Krzyzewski went through tests at Duke University Hospital which cleared him to resume his coaching duties.
Despite all that, Krzyzewski didn’t agree with a characterization that this season was up and down.
“I mean, every college coach expends a lot of emotional energy during the season,” Krzyzewski said. “A number of coaches have things that happen in their family lives that, just like other people, lawyers, doctors, businesspeople. You just have to be able to handle that. That's part of that thing called life, I guess, is what they call it.”