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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Duke legend Mike Krzyzewski to retire following 2021 season

Duke legend Mike Krzyzewski to retire following 2021 season

Coach K plans on retiring after 2021
Publish Date: 06/02/2021
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported on June 2 that legendary Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski plans on retiring following the 2021 season. Krzyzewski, better known as “Coach K,” became Duke’s head coach in 1980. During his 41 seasons with the Blue Devils, he’s won 1,170 games, the most in NCAA Div. I men’s basketball history.

BREAKING: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has decided to retire after this coming season, multiple sources told @stadium. Official announcement expected soon.

The leading candidate to replace K is assistant and former Duke player Jon Scheyer.

— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 2, 2021

Krzyzewski is 74 years old, and his latest Duke team missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994-95, when Coach K missed most of the season with complications from back surgery. His five NCAA championships are the second-most in history, only trailing John Wooden’s ten. Krzyzewski is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Duke plans on hiring associate head coach Jon Scheyer as Krzyzewski’s replacement. Scheyer served as a captain on two Duke squads during his four seasons with the Blue Devils. As a senior, the Illinois native led Duke in scoring and helped Coach K capture his fourth NCAA Championship.

Scheyer had a brief professional career overseas before returning to Duke as an assistant in 2014. The 33-year-old was promoted to associate head coach in 2018.

Goodman reported that Harvard’s Tommy Amaker and Central Florida’s Johnny Dawkins Jr. were also in consideration.

A source close to Krzyzewski discussed with Goodman some of the reasons for Coach K’s decision.

“He is obviously nearing the end of his career, but name, image, and likeness coming into college basketball, and the transfer portal being out of control definitely sped up his timeline.”

Krzyzewski worked with USA Basketball in some facet beginning in 1979, and he took over as head coach in 2006. Coach K led USA Basketball to three consecutive Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012, 2016) and multiple FIBA World Cup titles before stepping down following the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Roy Williams, Coach K’s long-time rival at North Carolina, recently retired following his own historic career. The 70-year-old UNC legend squared off with Krzyzewski in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the past 18 years. Williams’ 903 wins are the fourth-most all-time. A year from now, neither he nor Krzyzewski will be patrolling the hardwood anymore.

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