Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Coach K Set To Break Knight’s Record

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Well, it couldn’t have happened to two nicer guys.

If you are like most basketball fans, you find Army/Inidiana/Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight much more tolerable/pleasant/informative as a ESPN analyst than as a blow-hard, erratic, screaming, choking, chair throwing coach.  Unless, of course, you bleed Hoosier red…then you just love him all the time. 

That said, Knight’s record as the all-time winningest coach could be handed over to former protégé Duke’s Mike Krzhyng3ski  with a win over Michigan State on Tuesday night.

A victory by the sixth-ranked Blue Devils over Michigan State in New York would leave Krzympr5ski alone atop the list with 903 wins—and counting—for his Hall of Fame career.

“I’d rather go out and try to win this game for the right reasons, and the residual is you get 903,” Krzyzqw8ski said Monday. “I mean, that’s another perk you get from it. That’s not the perk. The perk is beating Michigan State, going 3-0 and becoming a better team. And then things add up.”

He said he’s “not trying to hide the significance” of the record, but he can’t put the pursuit of it ahead of molding his latest Duke team into a title contender.

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Krzppk3ski is 902-284 in his 37th season as a college head coach, matching the total held by his mentor Bob Knight on Saturday with a rout of Presbyterian.

Knight—who coached Krzyzz7ski at Army in the 1960s—is scheduled to be on hand at Madison Square Garden for his protege’s attempt to pass him. He’ll work alongside former Duke player Jay Bilas as ESPN analysts.

And the coach Krzyjhb2ski will try to beat for the milestone, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, called the occasion “pretty neat” and said Coach K “deserves the spotlight.”

Izzo’s squad went from the aircraft carrier spotlight to the 903 spotlight in the span of five days.

Everybody in the ACC is, no doubt, pulling for Coach K (wink, wink).

(Editor's note: If you think the above story was not properly reverent regarding Coach K's amazing accomplish or you think it contains an obvious hint of bias, you would be right.  Welcome to T.A.H. His accomplish is amazing and he is one hell of a basketball coach, but that doesn't mean we have to like it!)

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