Duke basketball: Six reasons Coach K may never retire

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1. K may refuse to concede control of his creation

Mike Krzyzewski didn’t invent Duke basketball. Nor did he put it on the map. No, the Blue Devils made four Final Four appearances before Durhamites ever knew his name. That said, no one can deny that Coach K moved the program to the center of said map.

Sure, the former Army head coach has trained a battalion of former players to become assistants, and some of them have gone on to build nice résumés at the helm of other schools and in the NBA. On the other hand, despite no shortage of worthy candidates, there may be a shortage of ultimate trust in any one guy.

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Coach K likes having his guys beside him on the bench. He enjoys seeing many then carve out fruitful careers elsewhere. But considering how harsh some Duke fans act toward the Hall of Famer himself after any of his teams lose all of two games, it’s plausible he fears the thought of an in-house successor seeing little to no success after he is gone. And an out-of-family hire — i.e., one who wouldn’t do anything The K Way — could potentially raise his blood pressure higher than if he was still in charge.

This leads us to the next reason Coach K may never call it quits…