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Coach K Forbids His Staff From Using 2-Word Phrase

Coach K walks onto the floor during a Duke game.

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 15: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils watches on before their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 15, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Just a few months ago, longtime Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced he would be stepping down at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Heading into his 42nd year as the Blue Devils head coach, though, he's not ready for his coaching staff to use two words. In a statement he made earlier this week, Coach K doesn't want to hear, "the last."

“I’ve told my staff and everyone around me not to use ‘the last,’ ” Krzyzewski said. “This is my 47th year, my 42nd year at Duke, and I’m going after it the way I’ve gone after every year."

Instead of "savoring" the moment, Coach K wants to live in the moment and soak up everything he can about his final season in charge of the Blue Devils.

"As soon as you start saying ‘savor,’ ‘let’s remember this thing,’ whatever, you open up the door for rationalization of not putting it all out there, that it might be OK not to do it to this level. I know that can take place. We’re not having any of it. I’ll savor in May or whatever, after that."

After missing out on the NCAA Tournament last season, this will be his last chance to lead Duke back to the promised land.