Krzyzewski sometime before yesterday's game:
“If you’re running a business for a long time, you would be interested primarily in what is your brand,” Krzyzewski continued. “For us, we have a good brand at Duke University, but we also have a good brand because we’ve been in the ACC. We benefit from that brand. And people who have gone to school here, played sports here, they are not only Duke people; they’re ACC people. “And when you give that up, what price is that?” he asked. “What does that do? The fact that they’ll never be a Duke-Maryland game again. There may never be a Texas-Texas A&M game again, a Syracuse-Georgetown game again. Those schools aren’t gonna schedule one another. I mean, that’s not gonna happen. And in Maryland’s case, that’s the only conference they’ve known. And they’re right in the middle of the ACC. And now their fans, they don’t have a place. They’re outsiders. They really are outsiders. What [View Full Quote]price? What price is paid for that?"
Coach K after the loss:
We don’t look at any rivalries; we look at each opponent the same. I’ve said that every time I’ve come here. I have a great deal of respect for Maryland. If it was such a rivalry they’d still be in the ACC. Obviously they don’t think it’s that important, or they wouldn’t be in the Big Ten. I respect their basketball program and the job their coaches have done and their players have done over the years. We’ve had some great games with them, but we have great games against a lot of people. A lot of people want to beat us, and they’re one of them.
So in one breath, in his perpetually whiny voice, he states that the changing landscape of the NCAA is sad in that rivalries will be lost. Right after the loss, he claims that he sees all games the same and doesn't look at "rivalries."
If you watched his PGP, you saw a bitter, sullen Coach K who knows that his beloved ACC is in peril. He also knows that if the powers that be in that bojangles conference of his don't make some very wise and shrewd decisions in the next couple of years, that conference could very well fold like cheap tent.
This loss really stung.