Duke basketball: Six reasons Coach K may never retire

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Crazy as it sounds, six theories collectively suggest the current Duke basketball head coach might be allergic to front-porch rocking chairs and mindless weather reports.

Without K, DUKE would just be DUE. Due to one day win the big one for the few remaining Duke basketball faithful. Due to one day have an icon on the bench for decades. Due to one day regularly send the spirit of rival North Carolina to the incinerator.

But the Blue Devils have long been A-OK — check that, K-OK — because of Mike Krzyzewski. Nowadays, Duke’s 73-year-old CEO is coming off an enjoyable 25-6 campaign, with a Dean Dome delight as the immortal highlight, and seems to have enough pieces in place to promise good times ahead for his 41st squad in Durham.

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Think of how unthinkable it is for anyone this day and age to stay at the same job beyond four decades. How much longer can Coach K put off stepping away from Duke? The only hint from the Chicago native himself is his repeated refusal to pick an end date years in advance. Doomsayers say the day is close at hand; mind you, they were giving that same forecast in the 1990s and 2000s. The objective realists say 5-10 years; mind you, they were clinging to that same timeline back in the eras of Seinfeld and The Office.

The optimistic kooks, however, say K and DUKE will be inseparable for eternity. Here’s an observation: those adorning such straitjacketed thoughts are the only ones yet to be wrong. So on that note, rather than be reasonable today, let’s just go nuts by looking at six reasons the craziest Dukies may actually be onto something when they say K will never belong in RETIREMENT