College basketball received some shocking news today with the announcement that legendary Duke Blue Devil’s Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski would retire after this upcoming season. The five-time NCAA Championship-winning Head Coach put Duke on the map back in the 1990s. He is credited with several feats in both college basketball and USA basketball. Krzyzewski is considered the main reason that Duke is now considered a blue blood program. His longtime North Carolina rival Roy Williams retired earlier this year.
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
Duke is expected to name assistant coach Jon Scheyer the coach in waiting sometime soon and will take over the reins after the legendary head coach steps down. Mike Krzyzewski is considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest, college head coaches of all time. He is the winningest college head coach of all time with 1,097 wins and counting. His accomplishments in basketball are far too many to count, but they do include five NCAA National Championsips and three Olympic gold medals.
The college basketball world seems to be losing some of the older titans of the industry in this coming year. It will be a vastly different Duke team without the man that built the program. The Duke and North Carolina rivalry will look very different without the two programs’ long-time head coaches. Mike Krzyzewski is a longtime Hall of Fame Head Coach and has likely accomplished everything he could in the sport.
We here at Def Pen Sports wish the Head Coach a happy and long retirement.