Duke's Mike Krzyzewski Apologizes to Student Reporter for Response to Question

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2021

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts after a turnover during an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, in South Bend, Ind. Duke won 75-65. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
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After a critical response to a question during his press conference Saturday, Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski personally called the student reporter to apologize.

The situation came after the Blue Devils' loss to Louisville when Krzyzewski angrily responded to Duke Chronicle's Jake Piazza:

Kyle Boone @Kyle__Boone

😬 https://t.co/OEhaZbmFfq

Piazza elaborated on the situation from his perspective in a column Monday.

"Once I got back to my apartment building, the weekend had another surprise in store for me. My phone rang and Coach K was on the other end of the line," Piazza wrote. "Our call was short, but the sincerity in his apology was genuine. And in the end, I appreciated the call."

The initial exchange led to plenty of debate on social media, with many criticizing Krzyzewski for his response to the question.

Aaron Torres @Aaron_Torres

For those saying, "what Coach K said wasn't that bad" ask yourself: 1. Was the question fair (it was) 2. Is equating a random loss to the "worst econ test ever" a fair analogy (it isn't) 3. Would he have answered the same question from Dickie V the same (he wouldnt have) 🤔🤔

The incident also takes place in the midst of a rare rough patch for the Blue Devils on the court, losing three straight games to fall to 5-5. The squad fell out of the Top 25 for the first time since 2016 and didn't get a single vote in the latest Associated Press poll.

Duke will be back in action Tuesday against Georgia Tech.


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