Denied yet again, Mike Krzyzewski begins anew building a case for Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year when Duke hosts Michigan State tonight (ESPN, 9:30 p.m. ET). Actually, since we've still got 31 days of 2010 left to work with, maybe this is just the preseason for next year's award. But we digress.
We don't really have a problem with Drew Brees capturing SI's honor, but did anyone on the planet really have a better year than Coach K? He guides Duke to another NCAA championship with a win against Butler -- in Indianapolis, no less. Then he guides Team USA, minus most of its biggest stars, to a world championship with a win against Turkey -- in Turkey, no less. And now he has an unbeaten and top-ranked Blue Devils team that might actually be better than last season's squad.
Andy, love your insight! Was wondering if Duke wins again this year with college basketball being what it is, could Coach K be in the argument for greatest college coach of all time? Better then Wooden?
I think you have to have that discussion. Harder to win now then during Wooden's era. Also adding in Olympics now pushes K into elite company. No one will ever match Wooden's 10 titles. But K can't be too far behind. Of course the major difference is Wooden will have more of a legacy on his influence on the game and his wise words that have entered the vernacular in the sport. Wooden will be 1 for the overall package, but K has to be in the top five with his success. Full transcript