Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski shocked the college basketball world back in June when he announced that he would be retiring following the 2021-2022 season.

Krzyzewski is the epitome of Duke basketball and it is difficult to picture the program without him at the helm. They have already announced that longtime assistant coach and former player Jon Scheyer will be the replacement for the legendary coach next season.

While it seems that his retirement decision is final, there have been many questioning if Krzyzewski will still have a role within the program when he steps away. Coach K had this to say on Thursday on that front.

“I will have nothing to do with our basketball program. This is not about me… [Things have been said] where I’m trying to maintain control. That couldn’t be further from the truth. It was mine for 42 years, but it’s Duke’s forever.”

Duke is currently one of the best teams in the country this season, sitting at the number four with a 26-4 record. The team will have a real chance to give Coach K an ideal sendoff by cutting down the nets with another national championship this postseason.

They will get one of their biggest tests to date against the longtime rival North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, which will be Krzyzewski’s last game in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

[Matt Norlander]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.