Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mike Krzyewski rips conference realignment, Maryland on radio show


Duke Blue Devils legendary basketball coach Mike Krzyewski isn't too happy about the current shakeup in intercollegiate athletics. And he recently let it be known on his SiriusXM radio show called "Basketball and Beyond."

The 65-year old went on a rant in which he criticizes schools for trading tradition for financial gain. Namely, the University of Maryland and its decision announced in November to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten.

“If you’re running a business for a long time, you would be interested primarily in what is your brand,” Krzyzewski continued. “For us, we have a good brand at Duke University, but we also have a good brand because we’ve been in the ACC. We benefit from that brand. And people who have gone to school here, played sports here, they are not only Duke people; they’re ACC people.

Coach K then begins to rip the Terrapins for their decision to leave the conference which they helped create in 1953:

"And in Maryland’s case, that’s the only conference they’ve known. And they’re right in the middle of the ACC. And now their fans, they don’t have a place. They’re outsiders. They really are outsiders. What price?

“It’s like throwing a rock into a pond,” Coach K said. “There’s this big splash. They make a big splash, like we’re gonna make all this money, and then there’s all these ripples. And what are those ripples? Well, I don’t care about the ripples. They’re not even thinking about the ripples. They’re thinking about making that big splash. I wonder if some of this is egotism. I mean, ego and greed have something to do with it, but there’s not a big perspective here."

The four-time national champion coach concludes by saying:

“This is an assault on tradition,” Krzyzewski said. “What sets us apart from the pros? What sets us apart from the rest of the world? Intercollegiate sports is really something that only the United States has. No other country has that. And our thing is based on all the right values: loyalty, honesty, tradition. The branding that you have gotten from doing that has elevated the academic institutions that those athletic programs represent. And doing things the way we’re doing it now, based on money, I think it takes away from the academic missions and the innocence that an academic institution has.”

Maryland is set to join the Big Ten in July 2014. Although they will see a significant payout from being a member of the Big Ten as oppose to the ACC, they remain at odds with the ACC over a $50 million exit fee to leave the conference.

On Nov. 28, 2012, hhe University of Louisville was unanimously chosen by league presidents to replace Maryland as a full member in '14.

31 comments:

  1. THis is sad.

    UM alumni

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    1. As a Maryland grad I unfortunately agree with Coach K to a point. I will certainly miss the traditions of the ACC, especially in hoops. However, if he thinks the regents at Duke don't make decisons based on dollars and cents he is naive. He can get on his "holier-than-thou" pulpit like he alwsys does but the facts are clear; Duke does not have the same opportunity because of what they are, who they are, and where they are. College sports are what they are as well, a minor league for the pros. Coach K's altruistic view of college athletics faded years ago.

      I would have preferred Maryland stay in the ACC. But its all about the almighty dollar and anyone who thinks it's not is kidding themselves. Finally, 5 or 10 years from now this will all be forgotton. We will all be paying our hard earned dollars to watch collegiate "amatuers" prepare for the pros. And I'll take wagers on this: Duke will, in this time frame, make a very similar decision to Maryland's. You'll see.

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    2. not sure i heard coach k up in arms when boston college
      insured the death of the big east by joining his acc.

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    3. Coach K sure gets loud when the taking is somebody else. Started with the ACC taking a few years back.
      With one stinking loss he starts crying. It's like when he can't get all the all stars to come to Duke he starts complaining. Anyone can coach a team of high all starts and win a few games.

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    4. It's ok for the ACC to stomp on tradition when it benifits them, ie the breake of the Big Est by the Acc for football. What of tradition at schools like Pitt that will lose one of it,s biggest rivals in Wvu or U Conn And SYC. These college presidents have sold their collective souls to the devil and in time will pay the price . This new format is made for Tv and when the shine wears off and it will,the fans will get tired of it,there's a reason these conferences have existed so long, geography ,come on BC and fla st rivals

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    5. As a 1970 UMD Grad, I will miss losing to Duke and North Carolina in basketball and lacrosse and to Clemson, Florida State and Va Tech in football...but now we get to play Penn State AGAIN after all these years, so maybe we can re-ignite that rivalry...especially after JoPa canceled the f'ball game the year Randy White was a senior...didn't want to risk his umpteen game win streak vs MD...and I just know we can beat them in basketball...just maybe not in women's volleyball!!!
      Ya see, Maryland wasn't part of the Old Confederacy & has been an Outsider even in the ACC ever since.

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    6. COACH K big time crybaby, for years,but MD leaving ACC almost as bad as losing colts

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  2. I agree 100% with Coach-K. The realignments just go to show that college athletics is about anything but amateurism. It's big business, and the athletes are being exploited. Housing and tuition just aren't a fair trade-off.

    Maybe the athletes should start rejecting the scholarship offers and demanding money. If they all did that, the NCAA and NAIA would be forced to admit that they are pro sports leagues and financially compensate not only current athletes, but former athletes as well.

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  3. From Maryland. People aren't happy. I don't disagree with him but money talks in this day and age. It would be hard for anyone to turn down money

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  4. Maybe Coach K would not be taking this stance if his salary and his added on benefits was on the level of a college coach back in his prime. He and all coaches should be paid without having added benefits from sports apparel, media and consumer product companies. Also, TV has brought most of this on the world by putting together big match ups and coast to coast and out of the country travel, aircraft carriere games etc. Back when the ACC started it was the Atlantic Coast Conference and exposure came at the end of the season with travel rewards and extra game exposure to winners. Now 5-7 teams get bowl games. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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  5. All major college sports have become "farm teams" for professional athletics. Krzyzewski is arrogant to think that his conference universities are going to remain the ACC where his
    "bully pulpit" reigns over everybody and everything. It's the reality of this time...maybe he should retire.

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  6. I'm not a Duke fan at all...in fact I am a Tarheel. I do agree with coach K on the matter as well as some of the things posted. Amature athletes have it rough with very little money coming in. Practice practice practice and school work leaves no time to get a part time job to cover their necessities. It is big money that these schools receive from their brand. These kids do get paid to play through scholarships but that's not enough. Corporate greed and personal greed has led to loyalty being thrown out of the window. This is the American way that America has become. That is why so many of the better college athletes are one year and done. Fame and fortune overrule loyalty. I don't like it but it is what it is. Coach K doesn't need to move to better his family. Personally I don't think Maryland does either but if another company offers to double you're salary are you staying put?...didn't think so.

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  7. I AM A MARYLAND ALUMNI AS WELL AS THREE GENERATIONS OF FAMILY ENCOMPASSING 20 PEOPLE.WE ARE ALL MARYLAND SUPPORTERS AND LIVE IN SOTHERN MARYLAND. THE ACC WAS THE BEST BBALL CONFERENCE INTHE COUNTRY FOR SEVERAL REASONS INCLUDING THE INTENSE RIVALRIES.THEY ARE GONE AND COACH K IS RIGHT IN EVERYTHING HE SAYS.SOME OF THIS IS GREED AND ARROGANCE AND THE REST IS EVEN WORSE.IT IS A SAD DAY FOR MARYLAND THE ACC AND COLLEGE ATHLETICS.IWILL STILL SUPPORT THE TERPS BUT NO LONGER WITH THE SAME FERVOR OR CONTRIBUTIONS OF WHICH I WILL NEVER SEND ANOTHER.THANK YOU,PAUL GELRUD

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  8. So where is Coach K's outrage regrading the ACC's poaching of the Big East? What a hypocrite...

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    1. As a Maryland grad and a Terp basketball fan for over forty year, I was not happy about the change in conferences. I mean what will it be like to not have at least the chance of beating Duke once a year??? However, Anonymous rightly points out thatCoach K comments are highly hypocritical. College basketball is certainly no bastion of honest, integrity, or loyalty and hasn't been for quite some time. In addition to basketball, the ACC used to also be known for its academic excellence. How many of the schools that have joined the conference over the last twenty years fit that description??

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  9. What Maryland was wrong. I love tradition and it's gone. The ACC should be the conference that Maryland should play in, but football is king and I get that but Maryland has decided to align itself with the football conference of the BIG10. Coach K is 100 percent right and in time Maryland fans will see that this move was wrong. They are the new PSU, far from every other school geographically and it will hurt them. Maryland will never compete in the BIG10 in football so the move is about the all mighty dollar and greed kills. I personally think the ACC has made out better Louisville is a better football program and better basketball program than Maryland. The ACC made an upgrade in my book.

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  10. This is so Cool a discussion about collegiate athletics and money. It's my understanding that if all teams were independant of a conference and things like playoffs and bowl bids required say a 60% win record, many school athletic programs would go under. this is not a bad thing since the age of entitlement has hit.. we see kids, immature kids being treated as role models and gods, when in fact they are playing a game. Evven the pros say things like: "I'm a basebvall player, and what am I supposed to do after baseball is over?" for one..get educated and get a job.. as for the conferences... Now check this out.. These are your liberal centers of thought and yet when it comes to money, they are as self serving as they condemn conservatives. they us the same loop holes.. the stomp on anyone not playing thier game.
    America is no longer a country of tradition..get over it.. and if you think greed is only the obviously rich guess again! the bleeding philosphical heart, the conscience of America is distorted. I will survive not matter what you care about. Take off those school colors and trade them in for green.. stroke the eagle.. fill your coffers.. cause lip service is cheap but our actions do tell the truth. Maybe we could get Coach K to write an executive order. After all anytime our government wants to circumvent our Constitution, another great American tradition, he does it and Americans lap it up! Fah geddah boud id

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  11. I don't hear him mentioning all the Big East teams they just stole. Maybe then his comments would have some value. Until then it's all about the dollar.

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  12. Okay, the world might come to an end after this comment, so if there is sudden balls of fire and earthquakes, I apologize ahead of time, but I sort of have to agree with K here. And as far as the ACC stealing Big east teams, I'm okay with giving them back. I mean seriously. ND without the football schedule, what's the point. It screws up the whole tournament bracket that the ACC claims they are shooting for.

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  13. K was opposed to expansion. No hypocrisy there. Even had he not been, what businessman who believes he has a superior product wouldn't spin it depending on whether someone was coming in vs going out? That's not hypocrisy, either, not in a field where competition is to be expected.

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    1. In the article/radio interview, K slams Maryland for leaving the conference but fails to mention the ACC's role in conference realignment... The ACC has a big hand in creating this environment of teams jumping ship... They started raiding the Big East back in 2003 (BC, Va Tech, Miami, etc...)... No hypocrisy there... RIGHT?

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    2. The ACC is the reason behind the BIG mess in the BIG EAST. I hope other teams follow Maryland and leave the ACC. As a BIG EAST basketball fan I am sadden that the conference is losing school that made the BIG EAST a power house in basketball all because of the ACC and the FBS are out to make more money off the backs of football. I like coach K but he needs to look at his conference first when it comes to realignment and money.

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  14. If this is about academic mission then Duke should leave ACC and try to join the Ivy League.

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    1. If you check out the most recent ratings UNC, UVA, and MD are rated among the top five public universities in the country that provide a quality education at reasonable cost.

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  15. It's not TV thats the cause of the money, its cable and satellite TV to be precise.... Now each conference and/or school can start their own network which they can charge a small monthly fee for, multiplied by millions of subscribers. Pandora's box has been opened and it's never going to be the same again.....From a pure business perspective it makes sense now, but down the road they miss the rivalries of the ACC, which could hurt recruiting, which will ultimately make them a middle tier hoops team.....

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  16. As a Tar Heel fan who is sure as hell not a fan of Coach K he is absolutely correct about Maryland and U of M should be ashamed of themselves for their decision to abandon the ACC.

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  17. The ACC started all of this when they poached the Big East. Now, the ACC will be poached by the big 4 conferences.

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  18. Maryland moving to the Big 10 is for the same reason I have to watch the Big 10 lose bowl games every New Years Day- money. I am a long time MD fan and am not happy at all to see MD leave the ACC. However, after many years of sub par basketball and football teams, MD athletics became desperate for money. Yes, it would be nice to watch the best teams play against each other every year around the holidays. However, if you work for the bowl committee and have a chance to pick a Big 10 team or Notre Dame with their huge fan base, what would you do?

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  19. As so few atheletes actually go on and become pros in any sport, each State should sponsor a team and recruit and pay those atheletes for their participation. New semi-pro leagues would be formed to develop young talent and give each player a given amount of time to become a pro. Colleges would then be able to offer scholarships to those that first want an education and play a sport. The big money would go to the State teams, Pro teams would likely recruit from the State teams and colleges would again field amateur teams.

    I'm a Maryland fan and agree with and respect coach K. He has worked as hard as anyone to develop his program to bring it to the level he enjoys today. His world is changing. Sports have become exaggerated. I will miss the ACC rivalries, especially Duke, and I do feel like an outsider.

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  20. We don't want 'em!

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  21. Yea, I agree with and appreciate, whole-heartedly, what Coach K is saying about loyalty, honesty, tradition, and branding. However, I don't see him giving his salary back to Duke. Does Coach K really think we're that dumb? Sure, right, he does his job solely for the loyalty, honesty, tradition, and branding. Hey, Coach K - put your money where your mouth is, hypocrite. Take a salary equal to that of a proffesor, then I'll believe the crap coming out of your mouth.

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