Coach K is getting ready to leave NCAA basketball but first, he’s dropping truth bombs on his way out about what needs to change.
Mike Krzyzewski has had decades to reflect on the NCAA and its governance while coaching the Duke Blue Devils.
Now on the verge of retirement, Coach K is saying what needs to be said about the future of the organization.
“This is a transformational time for college athletics,” Krzyzewski said. “When you transform, the main thing you transform is structure, organization. The structure we have right now does not work.”
Coach K went after the NCAA structure and lack of foresight
Krzyzewski was critical of the NCAA’s newly-formed Transformation Committee, which has been tasked with finding ways to address the challenges faced by collegiate athletes. For Coach K, the makeup of the committee leans too heavily on the compliance side of things.
“This is a time not to look at knits and bits. It’s a time to look at the whole thing,” Krzyzewski. “This time is to catch up on all the things we didn’t adapt to but [also] to form an organization that can anticipate change, can forward look and say these things might happen.”
It’s not enough to just set new guidelines for Name, Image and Likeness or the transfer portal. The NCAA structure needs to be better set up to be at the forefront of the next big issue that develops for college sports.
Krzyzewski suggested a lobbying group with Congress and figureheads who could provide one-on-one communication and relationships with the movers and shakers in sports.
“Who does the NBA talk to in basketball for us? They don’t know,” Krzyzewski said. “I know Adam Silver better than anyone in the NCAA.”
There need to be flesh and blood people who are focused on representing college sports full-time.
“In other words, you have to have these houses that are looking at what is happening in your house on a day-to-day basis. That has a feel for the constituents that are in that house so that you represent them in a way that is fair and adaptive and we stay ahead of it,” Krzyzewski said. “That’s what I would like.”
It’s hard to argue with what Coach K called for during his press conference. Just don’t get invested in him being directly involved in the process, for now. He told reporters that wasn’t in the cards.