He met with the media on Thursday to discuss his upcoming retirement. He says that it has nothing to do with his health. Instead, he just felt like it was the right time to call it a career.
“Mickie and I have decided the journey is gonna be over in a year,” Krzyzewski said on Thursday, via ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. “And we’re going to go after it as hard as we possibly can.”
Duke missed out on the NCAA Tournament last season. The Blue Devils will try and get back to a championship level this upcoming season for Krzyzewski’s final ride.
Mike Krzyzewski says he’s not retiring due to health or last season or the changes in college basketball. He and his wife just feel it’s time.
“Mickie and I have decided the journey is gonna be over in a year. And we're going to go after it as hard as we possibly can."
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) June 3, 2021
Scheyer’s strength is found in the recruiting world. He’s persuaded plenty of blue-chip prospects to join the Blue Devils over the years. His ability to keep recruiting at a high level will be pivotal for Duke basketball.
Krzyzewski, meanwhile, wants his final season to be one of his best. That’ll prove difficult. He’ll be bombarded with a farewell tour this season, which could prove a major distraction to both his staff and players.
Regardless, the college basketball legend deserves the farewell tour he’ll experience later this year and early in 2022. We’ll have to wait and see whether the Blue Devils can couple a strong season with Coach K’s send-off.