ESPN.com – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, on the mend after back surgery, held a meeting at his house Tuesday night in which he informed players that they were temporarily kicked out of the locker room and also forbidden from wearing Blue Devils apparel, sources told ESPN.
What happens when you lose 3 of the last 4 if you play for Duke? Coach K goes full Coach Carter and takes away your locker room and Duke apparel. Seems to be a weird penalty to impose on the team, but if it works (apparently he has done this before) you can’t really argue with results. Coach K is one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history, so he has some leeway to do what he wants.
He says this penalty will be imposed until they start to play better…. So, do they just not use the locker room? Or do they have to use a shittier locker room that is still better than any non-D1 or above athlete has ever seen. I’ve never seen the inside of Duke’s locker room, but it has to be amazing right? You don’t just become a perennial powerhouse team without celebrating in a kick ass locker room. Just a weird penalty overall.
On the other hand, not being able to wear Duke apparel is infinitely worse. Anyone who has been an athlete knows that athletic wear is the most comfortable you will ever be. These college players pretty much only wear those clothes. Imagine getting top of the line sweats, warm ups, tees and tanks all with an endless supply. Each player probably has a room full of Duke gear, now they can’t wear it. Brutal. Add in that getting recognized on campus is 1000x easier if you’re decked out in the newest swag the bball team has to offer. Tough to get those jersey chasers when you have to dress like everybody else.
Scale of 1-10 for each penalty: Locker room- 1; Duke apparel- 7. Coach K knows what he’s doing. I’d hate to see what he’d do if they keep losing.
P.S. One of the best scenes/speeches in any sports movie.