Joe Harris (12) and Virginia celebrate beating Coach K and Duke.
The Duke Blue Devils were beaten Thursday night by the Virginia Cavaliers 73-68. But Virginia’s victory is being overshadowed by the controversy “Coach K” Mike Krzyzewski started, when during the post game press conference he insinuated that Virginia’s security was not appropriate in getting his team off the court while it was being stormed by Virginia fans.
But this video from thesabre.com clearly shows that Coach K and his team in fact did get off the court safely.
Maybe Krzyzewski is angry that he had to wait a few seconds for security to clear a path, or that the Virginia fans didn’t take a knee and bow as he and his team left the court. But I don’t see a problem there with security. I actually see security doing their jobs in escorting the team off the court in the excitement of fans celebrating.
Coach K graciously acknowledged Virginia for their win, and he may have stated that he wasn’t trying to take away from a great victory, but by publicly complaining about security, that’s exactly what he’s done. And that’s a shame, because Virginia executed a brilliant game plan by coach Tony Bennett, and star shooting guard Joe Harris clearly outplayed Duke’s Mason Plumlee and other higher regarded Duke players.
I think this goes beyond a security problem, but what’s really going on here is that Coach K and Duke are finding this defeat a bitter pill to swallow. Calls went against Duke, that normally goes in their favor, and Virginia didn’t simply roll over and die because Duke graced them with their presence. They took the fight them and earned a hard-fought victory.
After years of Duke’s own “Cameron Crazies” harassing visiting teams with distasteful taunts and unruly behavior, it seems that Duke doesn’t like it very much when that treatment is returned to them in kind. By blowing this issue out of proportion, Coach K has unwittingly brought even more attention to a surging Virginia program, and may have unintentionally started a heated rivalry between the teams that warrants close attention for the forseeable future.
- Mike Krzyzewski Concerned with Player Safety After Virginia Fans Storm Court (bleacherreport.com)
- Coach K Hates Fun And Games (deadspin.com)
- Harris, Virginia handle Devils (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- Duke vs. Virginia: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis (bleacherreport.com)