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Krzyzewski On New ACC: “Most Powerful Basketball Conference…Ever”

KrzyzewskiDuke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is an outspoken critic of the realignment and expansion underway in college sports.  When his Duke team meets Louisville on the basketball court today, it will do so as NCAA Tournament rivals battling it out to go to the Final Four.  But when the Cardinals move to the ACC in 2014, these two teams will meet regularly as conference rivals.  He was asked about the changes at a Saturday news conference.

 

For all these schools that have joined, it makes us the most powerful basketball conference, I think, ever.  And I hope our league is able to understand the assets that we’ve accumulated and what it does to the assets we already have. I think if positioned properly, it sets us apart from anybody.  And we shouldn’t look at where football is or whatever.  We have the best assets as a result of Louisville, Syracuse, Pitt, Notre Dame, and the assets we have — we’re joining together.  I mean, we better know how to make use of it.

 

In a follow-up question, Krzyzewski showed he’s not only a coach, but thinking more like a conference commissioner. In a football-first world, he’s putting the focus on the marketing of college basketball.

 

Does our conference develop its own TV network? Where we play the tournament — when do we play the tournament?  How do we position our regular season?  How do we have the teams play schedules that are worthy of being considered for NCAA consideration? In other words, (we need) to take a real close look at our league with the new members and say: Why are we different, why are we better, and how can we be the top league?

 

In addition to the schools scheduled to join the ACC, the conference is losing Maryland to the Big Ten.  However, as we told you this week, Maryland’s move is being held up in court.

 

 


6 comments
prerich45
prerich45

If you're a basketball lover (and I am) you will know that the new ACC is a monster conference!!! I cant't believe it!  I also agree that Basketball shouldn't let football dictate it's outcome and marketing.  Football may pay the bills at most of the power conferences, but ask Duke what sport pays the bills, ask a 'Cuse or Georgetown, even ask Kentucky!!!! The Big East was THE basketball conference and with its demise - the ACC will emerge as the King of the Hill with every game having a March Madness feel.  I've been to Bowl games before but nothing tops the feel of a Basketball conference home game (Duke, Indiana, Michigan, Gerogetown, Syracuse and I will add Florida and Kentucky for the SEC).

It boils down to who you are serving - and with the changes that may come to football in the next 5 -10 years (due to safety), basketball may become the new sport of the future.

indydoug
indydoug

He's wrong about greatest BB conf. ever. I'll take next 6 of G'town, UConn, MarQ., UC Vill. & St. J's over Duke, NC NCSU, Mia. Va & GTU when added to ND Pitt, Syr & Lou.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp like.author.displayName 1 Like

I think he's living in a dream world.  When he says this: "And we shouldn’t look at where football is or whatever."   It's clear he doesn't understand how major college athletics works.  Football at the upper echelon still pays the bills.  The Big East was the best bball conference bar none of the last few years and just look at what has happened to them.  A smart commissioner would be trying to emphasize every sport in a particular conference to give it better overall strength.  If Coach K is an example of the type of thinking at the top of the ACC then it's no wonder that league is in trouble.

ezgame
ezgame

Agreed, Coach K is a smart man... Yet I feel he's missing about 1/2's of the picture, if thinking like a commish.

BBall is how long?  30-40 weeks with the Final 4 on CBS...  What about the 12-22 weeks when BBall isn't "airing"?  Re-runs on the ACC-network for 3-6 months, or longer?  Conferences need more than one sport for year round, live, events to keep fans interest.  Having a bell cow or two in a particular sport is great... use them as he suggested.  I just don't know if one sport can carry a network by itself?  Worth a shot, and better than not doing nothing?

buddha22
buddha22 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Coach K is a smart man and he realizes the ACC is still in flux. Best case for Duke is to purge the programs that are football first and solidify the remainder under this BEST BB Ever banner.

JRsec
JRsec

@buddha22 You are correct.  There are two points that Coach K. didn't state.  First, the basketball first conference has been inequitably sustained with football revenue from Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech and to a lesser extent by N.C. State, Georgia Tech and Miami.  Second, there are schools in the ACC that aren't football first but would at least desire to be football equal, Miami, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina.  If you lose Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Florida State then you will lose at least Miami, Georgia Tech and eventually North Carolina & N.C. State.  Then what kind of conference would you have left.  I think Duke and Wake Forest should go to the C7 and forget about football.  Then the ACC could backfill with Connecticut and Cincinnati and at least have a more balanced conference athletically.  It won't happen of course, but it would help them with balance.

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