With the departure of Maryland for the Big Ten Conference, the gutting of the Atlantic Coast Conference worries one very formidable college coach.
“I think the ACC is vulnerable right now,” Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Monday afternoon, taping his “Basketball and Beyond” show for Sirius XM Radio (via Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel). “I’m concerned about our conference.”
Coach K was asked if he prefers Louisville or Connecticut as a replacement for Maryland and he answered that he preferred to first “close ranks and see who’s still here.” He followed up with a fairly ominous “I think there could still be some movement in our conference.”
Although it was initially believed that there would be a $50 million fee for leaving the ACC, Maryland President Wallace D. Loh indicated that the exact figure “is something we will discuss in private with the ACC.” That flexibility troubles Krzyzewski as well.
“I do think more people are going to go after people in our conference now,” he said. “Especially if Maryland shows that in some way they can reduce or get out of that $50 million commitment.”
The first step Krzyzewski, in his 33rd season at Duke, advocates is steadying a rocked league.
“For my own conference,” he said, “its time to circle wagons and take attendance and make sure we have who we have.”
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