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Bill Belichick to Coach K: Working with young people keeps me young

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In what has become an annual offseason tradition of sorts, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick will be a guest of Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski on Wednesday's edition of Krzyzewski's SiriusXM show, "Basketball and Beyond with Coach K." The show airs at 7 p.m. ET on SiriusXM College Sports Nation (Channel 84).

One part stood out to me as I listened to a preview of the interview. Krzyzewski asked Belichick the following questions: How do you maintain your hunger? How do you get rejuvenated? How do you get focused for the next journey that you're going to take with your team?

Belichick, who turns 65 on April 16, answered in multiple layers.

"I just try to maintain a balance with it. Football is very important to me, and I put a lot into it, but there are times during our year when you can step back and refresh a little bit," he began. "Going out to Pebble Beach for a couple days was good for me, not that I played great golf or anything, but being in that environment. In the summer, before we go to training camp, I spend some time just relaxing with the family and kind of getting refreshed and taking the pressure off for a little while. That definitely helps.

"I really enjoy the different phases of the season," Belichick continued. "Right now we're in a team-building phase with free agency and then next month the draft and then all the players will be in and we'll start. As you know, you can't pick up where you left off last year, you've got to start all over again, so the kind of starting all over again process has really already begun for us.

"But I enjoy that, because it's a different type of coaching than it is coaching in playoff games, where you have an experienced team and players that have been doing things for six months and your execution level is much higher than what it is when you start all over again in spring practices or the beginning of training camp. I enjoy all the different aspects of it. They're all challenging."

It's also where Belichick is doing that work, and with whom, that helps rejuvenate him.

"I really enjoy coming to work every day. Mr. Kraft and the Patriots organization has given us a great support system and a great opportunity to be successful, so we all just try to do our jobs," he told Krzyzewski.

"I enjoy working with young people. That certainly keeps me young, even though the gap's widening. And I do my best to absolutely take on the whole social-media thing, you know, head on, on a collision course. But other than that, being with young people certainly keeps you young, and that's been important for me. I'm sure you feel the same way."