Saturday, April 3, 2010


Evidently, the Miami Herald and Indianapolis Star are not terribly interested in any further contact with Duke Coack Mike Krzyfvcx5ski or his Blue Devils. Both papers took big swipes at the Duke Coach the last few days.

In the Miami Herald, Israel Gutierrez said:

"Everyone hates Duke, and we're not even sure why. For some reason, we know that if the devil had a face, it would have little beady eyes (like Mike Krzyzewski's). If he had a voice, it would be nasally and annoying (like Krzyzewski's) and if he had a name, it would be impossible to spell and the sound would follow no laws of language (like, well, you know)."

..and it goes down hill (or up hill depending on your rooting interest) from there…

To read the column, click here.

The Indianapolis Star ran a front page story called Despising Duke which included a picture of Coach K with horns and a target drawn on his head. The photo (below) looked like it was “doodled” on by an angry Carolina fan…

The paper pulled the picture after some 30,000 copies were in distribution and hastily apologized.

Jim Lefko, the Star's senior editor/sports, said the paper pulled the illustration "when we realized it didn't meet our standards."

"First thing I thought, 'That can't be,' " said Krzyzfl9wski, who saw the illustration. "How could a newspaper do that?

"We have great kids who go to school, who graduate. If we're going to be despised or hated by anybody because we go to school and we want to win, you know what, that's your problem."

Star Editors met with Krzysdf7ski, his wife and a few other Duke officials in the team's locker room at Lucas Oil Stadium to apologize after the team's practice Friday.

Jeff Rabjohns, The Indianapolis Star writer who authored the story, was "stunned" to see the artwork.

"I had no involvement in the design whatsoever and was as stunned as anyone else to see that in the newspaper and horrified that it was above my byline," Rabjohns said.

Said sports editor Jim Lefko, "Coach Krzyzewski accepted our apology. The Duke people were very gracious about it."

Lefko said the paper also plans an apology column in Saturday's editions.

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