DURHAM, N.C. -- Mike Krzyzewski now has a whole lot of job
security to go with his three national titles at Duke.
Coach K agreed to a contract on Wednesday that will keep him
with the Blue Devils through at least 2011, extending an
extraordinary run that already has produced three NCAA
championships, six ACC titles and 533 victories.
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Mike Krzyzewski's lifetime contract at Duke is the only one in college basketball, but that might not be true for very long. Michigan State would like to do the same for Tom Izzo the next time his negotiations come up in a few seasons.
It covers the rest of his coaching career and beyond, taking the
54-year-old coach through the university retirement age of 65. Duke
officials said the contract is open-ended and could roll over for
It also gives him the title of special assistant to the
president, a position Krzyzewski said he intends to hold after he
retires as basketball coach.
"There's no definitive time," Krzyzewski said at a news
conference where the contract was announced. "I don't feel like
54. I feel I can do this for a while."
Krzyzewski has a 533-164 record since he began coaching at Duke
in 1981. He has back-to-back national titles in 1991 and 1992, and
is defending the title the Blue Devils won last April.
In addition, The Associated Press preseason poll picked the Blue
Devils to finish first this year even though they lost consensus
national player of the year Shane Battier and fifth-year senior
University officials and Krzyzewski would not discuss details of
the deal, but the coach said he felt "well-compensated."
Krzyzewski said he agreed to the contract because Duke is the
perfect fit for him, adding that he grew weary several years ago of
being asked whether he would jump to the NBA.
"I wish they'd start asking a pro coach, 'Are you going
college?"' Krzyzewski said. "To me, I got the better job, at
least for me."
Duke athletic director Joe Alleva said the contract "recognizes
Mike's exceptional achievements both as our coach and as our
ambassador of our university.
"We think he is the best coach in America and are delighted he
is committing to remain at Duke until he decides to retire."
Duke officials and Krzyzewski said the title of special
assistant formalizes work he already does. For example, he and his
wife, Micki, co-chaired the $32 million campaign for the
McGovern-Davison Children's Health Center, which opened at Duke
Medical Center last year.