It doesn’t matter what he has done in the past, all that matters is what he is doing now.
Duke Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has been one of the best college coaches of all time, but after another disappointing season he will open himself up for criticism. Critics will look to his age and the results over the past three seasons and say that maybe it’s time for him to retire.
Duke Basketball hasn’t been great over the last three seasons, but they do have an Elite Eight appearance. It came in between two Duke losses in the first round to lower ranked teams. Over the past three seasons they have lost as a two seed and a three seed to Mid-Major teams. He has lost the most games to lower seeds in the first round of the NCAA tournament. This has gotten worse later on in his career, and for critics this is something they can take note of.
Duke has struggled since they started to recruit “one and done” players. Since the first season, Kyrie Irving in 2011-2012, the Duke program has been upset in the NCAA tournament. They are continuing to recruit one and dones, and Coach Krzyzewski has proven he has been able to coach all different types of players, and this is just one more challenge for him.
He is getting great recruits, but they are not living up to expectation. Austin Rivers was a one and done, but he didn’t really have many great games for Duke. He played one great game against North Carolina, but the rest of the season was a disappointment. After his one season he left and went to the NBA, and he was very open about only wanting to be at Duke for one season.
Then they got Jabari Parker, whom most people thought would also be a one and done. However, after another disappointing Duke season, Parker could come back for a second. This could be huge for Duke basketball because they have at least two one and done players coming in next season, and with the struggles Coach K has had with one and done players, it could be helpful to have an experienced superstar for next season.
Going forward, critics will look at Mike Krzyzewski’s age as being a factor, that he might have lost his keen edge in coaching. This is something that he heard before his 2010 championship, people were saying he wasn’t getting the recruits that he used to, and he wasn’t going to be able to win another National Championship. It was never louder than right before the 2010 championship, so with the critics looking at the last two out of the three seasons being a huge disappointment for Duke, this might give him the edge next season. This could put the great recruiting class and a new challenge for Coach K at the right time, and create another opportunity for a National Championship.