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Mike Krzyzewski criticizes college basketball model

BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 10: Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski during the first half of the 2017 New York Life ACC Tournament semifinal round game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils on March 10, 2017, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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Although the 2017-18 campaign is now on the immediate horizon, college basketball has had a rough go of it over the course of the last week. As a result, Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski has since criticized the model of college basketball as a whole.

“The landscape of college basketball for the player, from middle school to high school to college to the pros, keeps changing,” Krzyzewski recently said, via ESPN. “We in college have not changed as much as the landscape has changed. We are not equipped right now to handle that. We don’t have a good model, a model that fits what’s happening in basketball, so college basketball’s going to have problems. Before these kids ever come to us, we are not the only ones recruiting these youngsters. Talent is being recruited all the time in every shape and form.”

Despite the fact that the Blue Devils remain on the outside looking in at the recent allegations, the ACC as a whole has suffered quite the blow — i.e. Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals.

“There’s no progress, there’s absolutely no progress,” the longtime Duke head coach added. “There is progress on what a player gets in college now, but that is only enforced upon the NCAA because of litigation.”

It is also worth noting that Krzyzewski is currently the all-time winningest coach in men’s Division I history.

“Last week was bad, doesn’t mean all of college basketball is bad,” Krzyzewski continued. “It also doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily the tip of some iceberg. I don’t necessarily agree with that. I think the iceberg is really good.”



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