Coach K has stated that he will not attend any Duke games this season in order to avoid being a distraction to new head coach Jon Scheyer.
Coach K will not be seen much by Duke basketball fans this season. Not at Cameron Indoor Stadium, anyway.
The retired head coach told Jon Rothstein of the College Hoops Today podcast that he will avoid Duke home games because he does not want to be a distraction.
After 42 years as coach of the Blue Devils, Krzyzewski announced his retirement this year. Jon Scheyer, his right-hand man, was named as his replacement.
Coach K does not want to draw attention away from Duke’s resurgence under Jon Scheyer
“There’s no way to get away from the maddening crowds in Cameron Indoor Stadium—a box or something,” Krzyzewski said. “That’ll be frustrating because I want to be there but don’t want to be in the way.”
He did admit that he might go to some road games if there were box seats where he wouldn’t be seen by the crowd.
“I don’t want to be a distraction,” said Krzyzewski. I don’t need anyone to see me. I’ve had enough of seeing. But I do want Jon (Scheyer) to know… that I’m always available if he needs me at any time.
Scheyer is tasked with filling the biggest shoes in college basketball. Coach K led Duke to five national championships and 13 final four appearances. He finished his career with a record of 1,202–368.
It will be difficult for the new head coach to live up to expectations and keep the Blue Devils on track without the former head coach attending every game.
Krzyzewski also expressed concern about people mistaking him for a puppeteer with Scheyer.
Hopefully, he’ll feel at ease as a regular visitor to Cameron Indoor, but it’s only fair to Scheyer and next year’s team if he stays away for the time being.