DURHAM, NC --- There's no doubt that Duke's basketball program has benefitted from coach Mike Krzyzewski's seven-year involvement with USA Basketball.
The exposure he gained has elevated his stature not just among coaches in all sports, but it's afforded him entry into other avenues of business, academia and leadership.
Krzyzewski, who led Team USA to a pair of Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012, was asked by former president George H.W. Bush to replace him as the Honorary Chair of C-Change, a non-profit organization that combines efforts of all cancer-fighting organizations in the United States. C-Change was founded by former First Lady Barbara Bush in the late 1990s.
Krzyzewski is larger than college basketball. He's larger than sport. It's impossible to discount the positive effect this has on everything Duke.
Yet, while Krzyzewski, 65, was taking on so many other responsibilities, his program has slipped some. It may just be coincidental, but the facts bear out it might ...