Coach K is arguably the face of men's college basketball. Duke's head coach believes the sport needs to change.
Krzyzewski spoke about the scandal that's rocking the college basketball world on Saturday. While Duke's head coach might not be surprised by what's going on, he says he does feel like this is a time for change.
The Blue Devils' head coach believes the sport needs to change. The NCAA needs to do a better job looking at everything through the prism of a recruit.
"It’s a horrible time for the game, but the game has begged, it’s been on its knees begging for change for years, and sometimes unless something horrible happens, you just don’t change," Krzyzewski told reporters.
"We need change. We need to take a look at amateurism and define it probably differently. We have to look at it through the prism of a 16-year-old kid and a family, and what they should be allowed and make sure it’s the same things that are allowed to other NCAA athletes or maybe do something that would be ahead of the game and become more modern in what we’re doing."
Coach K said he would be open to the idea of players being able to work with agents prior to turning pro.
"I don’t know how much longer I’m going to coach, but it might be for these guys when they go into a home, there’s an agent there, which may not be bad because at least they would be getting expert advice that they chose," Krzyzewski said. "They wouldn’t have to go around and say, 'I know this guy, I know this.' And maybe there’s a way of checking their credentials so the NCAA could provide guidance to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, and agents would have to register, and you would have their profiles so you could—things like that.
"Let’s just get ahead of the game. Most of this stuff is because of what happens before they get here. That’s the area that we should do, and then once they get here, we will then change that environment based on what we’ve changed here. That’s what I hope will happen."
Significant change is clearly needed. Will we get it?