NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils hugs Bob Knight after winning his 903rd game and passing him to become the all-time winningest coach in Men's Division 1 Basketball during the 2011 State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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No, I'm not talking about Joe Buck or Tavis Smiley, or, er, Jim Jones. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski last night passed his mentor and college coach, former IU coach Bob Knight, to become the all-time college basketball wins leader. While the long relationship between Knight and Krzyzewski is well-known, mostly because Knight was Coach K's college coach at Army, Krzyzewski was a graduate assistant at Indiana for one year, 1974-75 (and began but did not finish a graduate program--I think it was an MBA program, but I can't find confirmation online this morning--hence the inflammatory title). After his playing career at West Point ended, Coach K served in the Army for 5 years and became the head coach at Army in 1975, so his time as a GA at IU was the only time Coach K served as an assistant coach of any sort. It's a minimal connection, but worth noting after his historic accomplishment. And, it means that Coach K played a role in the greatest era in IU basketball. The 1974-75 team was the first of two consecutive IU teams to go undefeated in the regular season (the 1976 team won the title, of course).
Seth Davis has a great article on the tumultuous relationship between Knight and Krzyzewski over the years. It's definitely worth your time.
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