As the popular phrase goes, all good things must come to an end. That statement holds true as well when it comes to talking about Coach K and Duke basketball.
While its hard to put what he has done for the program into words, Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com gave it his best shot and put it this way:
The program's followers have already expressed their gratitude. Fans camp out for season tickets in Krzyzewskiville. The team plays on Coach K Court. The team’s practice facility is named after him, too. Duke could change the squad’s name to honor him and it still wouldn’t reflect his contributions to a program that’s matched North Carolina stride-for-stride in the two schools’ longstanding rivalry during his tutelage. The two have been synonymous with each other ever since Krzyzewski took over the head coaching job in 1980.
Let's put that in perspective. The last time somebody else besides Coach K coached a game at Duke, the internet wasn't around yet, cellphones didn't exist, Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States and the Pittsburgh "We Are Family" Pirates were World Series champions.
Quite a strange world, indeed.
This article will take a look at three ways that the Duke basketball program will remain relevant once Coach K decides to call it quits.