Will Coach K Finish 38 and Done at Duke?

by Jack Drapkin

With Coach K approaching his 38th season at Duke and 43rd season overall it’s fair to wonder will this be it for the greatest coach of all-time. A recent knee surgery is just the latest in a long line of surgeries for Coach K. Many of which have been for his oft-injured back. Ask anyone with a back ailment and they’ll tell you, those don’t get better with time.

Look in all honesty, I was poised for last year to be the one in which he walks away. After a dominant regular season and championship run, I figured it would be the right time for Coach K to step away. Wait, that didn’t happen? Oh, nevermind that’s right, his team was injured right along with him last season.

Wait, that didn’t happen? Oh, nevermind that’s right, his team was injured right along with him last season.

To me, this is about how much punishment one man can endure.

With over 1,000 career wins and 5 national championships, Coach K deservedly will have the right to decide when he wants to call it quits. At some point, however, you have to wonder why does he continue doing this to himself. You can clearly see him in pain on the bench during games. And, at times especially last season

You can clearly see him in pain on the bench during games. And, at times especially last season he rarely got off the bench during games, allowing assistant coach Jeff Capel to walk the floor.

I certainly don’t hope this is Coach K’s last season in Durham but if it is, our expectations as fans have only been exceeded during his time at Duke. Thank you K.

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