Mike Krzyzewski Goes In On College Coaches For How Poorly Some Of Them Are Handling The Pandemic
As we have seen over the past couple of weeks, some college coaches, like Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, have been handling the current difficult situation rationally and with class, while others like Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy… well, not so much.
On Thursday, Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski appeared on FS1’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd having recently had the chance to interview a man we’ve become all too familiar with, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci.
After talking about how impressed he was with Dr. Fauci, Coach K went in on those college coaches that are more interested in the money machine getting back on track than the health and welfare of their players, coaches, and training staff.
“It’s disappointing that we don’t come out with a more unified voice,” Krzyzewski told Cowherd. “As a college coach, we represent the college player, not the college coach. And we should be the voice of the college player in the environment that that college player is in now, not 10 years ago or 20, and we should help streamline the changes that are needed to help the college player. And we don’t do that. There’s no way we do that. And that’s a failing. That’s why we’re in the dark ages in some of these things. And I say that, the NCAA came out with a great decision to hold all the sports, and all that. But really how we run this thing is not, it’s not good.
“Now how we’re doing the virus,” he continued. “Look. Listen to Dr. Fauci. Listen to the scientists, you know? To me, it’s an amazing thing that all these press conferences that are run. Those are the only people I want to hear from. Let’s just, let’s do the right thing, man. This has never been done before. They’re learning too.”
Krzyzewski added that he was about to go speak to the North Carolina Nurses Association, saying, “The healthcare providers, they’re on the front lines. Then, they can’t go home. There’s fear all the time that they’re going to infect their own families. This has never been done before. It’s never happened. These people are amazing! Just amazing.”
He continued, “I get so emotional talking about it and talking about it with these people, because I feel… I heard our attorney general say something this morning about ‘Maybe we can get back so people won’t have to be home and hiding under their beds.’ Hey, listen man. We’re not hiding under our beds. We’re doing what the hell we’re supposed to be doing. Don’t… what are we talking about when people say stuff? Colin, really, slap me in the face if that’s wrong, but we shouldn’t say stuff like that.”
Preach, Coach K. Preach.