NC State fans do not want to admit it. UNC fans would rather throw up in their mouths rather than acknowledge it.
I’m sorry guys, but Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is the best college basketball coach of all time – and outside of Bob Knight it’s not even close.
A lot of fans would scoff at that statement. After all, what about the likes of Henry Iba, Adolph Rupp (racist bastard), Dean Smith, Knight and most of all John Wooden?
Most of those coaches – namely Iba, Rupp and Wooden – have one thing in common: they coached during a time when college basketball was on a far different landscape. There was not a competitive balance in college basketball as it is today. When the University of Kentucky (Rupp) and UCLA (Wooden) were winning those championships, there were little resistance among other college basketball programs. Plus, many colleges didn’t recruit black players during that time.
Coach K built a behemoth of a program at Duke that, outside of his first three turbulent years, has stood the test of time. He’s won games and conference titles in the ’80s, the ’90s, and 2000s. Speaking of titles, he’s won four NCAA titles (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010) to go with 12 ACC regular season titles and 13 ACC tournament titles. And judging from the recruits he brings in, that train is going to continue until he decides to call it a career.
Here are some more accolades for you: Coach K is a five-time ACC coach of the year and a three-time college coach of the year.
Again, I understand that Wooden won more titles, but that was during a different time in college basketball. I’ll take Coach K over ANY coach if I need to win a game.