Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Coach K: Alone At The Top

John Wooden, Bob Huggins, Jerry Tarkanian, Lute Olson, Lefty Driesell, Adolph Rupp, Dean Smith and Bobby Knight—all storied coaches with phenomenal records in men’s collegiate basketball.

Mike Krzyzewski, known as Coach K, passed his mentor Bobby Knight as the winningest coach of all time last night at Madison Square Garden.

This is Coach’s 37th season.

With Knight sitting across the court at the ESPN broadcast table, and with several former players in the stands, Krzyzewski moved to the top of the list in front of a sellout crowd of 19,979.

At the final buzzer, Krzyzewski went right across the court to Knight.  They were cheek to cheek in a hug. Krzyzewski, tears in his eyes, broke away and Knight pulled him back, hands on his shoulders, then one final slap of the shoulder.

"I just told coach I love him," Krzyzewski said. "I wouldn't be in this position without him. It's a moment shared. I know he's very proud and I'm very proud to have been somebody who's worked under him and studied him and tried to be like him."

What a class act.

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