Duke was upset by Virginia 73-68 in Charlottesville last night. Predictably, Virginia fans stormed the court and predictably Mike Krzyzewski was pissed about it. And of course after the game, Krzyzewski took the time to inform us that he was bothered by what he called, “the lack of protection for his players and coaches.”
“Whatever you’re doing, you need to get the team off first. Look, celebrate, have fun, obviously you won, that’s cool. Just get our team off the court and our coaching staff before students come on.
“Look do you know how close you are to, just put yourself in the position of one of our players or coaches. I’m not saying any fan did this, but the potential is there all the time for a fan to just go up to you and say, ‘Coach you’re a,” or push you or hit you. And what do you do? What if you did something? That would be the story. We deserve that type of protection.
“I’m always concerned about stuff like that, especially at this time of the year. What if that happened and we get a kid suspended? That becomes the national story. It’s not all fun and games when people are rushing the court, especially for the team that lost. Again, congratulations to them, and they should have fun and burn benches and do all that stuff. I’m all for that. They have a great school, great kids, but get us off the court. That’s the bottom line.”
But before Krzyzewski could make it to the locker room to inform us of his concerns, Krzyzewski reportedly got in a shouting match with a fan where f-bombs were traded.
The 66-year-old Krzyzewski stopped and hollered an F-bomb at a fan before security could drag him away. Right behind the Hall of Fame coach were his players, some cursing at fans, some ignoring it and ducking into the hallway. Assistant coach Jeff Capel went back and yelled a few curse words while another assistant coach, Steve Wojciechowski, did his best to quickly usher players into the safe area.
So just to recap, Coach K complained about the lack of safety when fans storm the court, but actively participated in making it less safe for his coaches and players. Sounds about par for the course for K.