Mike Krzyzewski: Conference realignment is undercutting college tradition
While many cheered the ACC's addition of Louisville to replace Maryland last week as another realignment coup for the conference, Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is still not a fan of the trend.
Krzyzewski told CBSNews.com on Wednesday that he "hates" the fact that schools are pursuing more revenue with conference realignment at the expense of decades of traditions in college sports.
"I hate the fact that we get rid of, in our own conference, with Maryland leaving, 60 years of tradition based on a decision right now because you think you're going to make more money in a certain situation," Krzyzewski said. "You give up what really makes college athletics, which is the traditions."
Last week, Louisville joined Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse on the list of schools jumping to the ACC in the past 16 months. The Cardinals are the seventh Big East school to leave for the ACC in the past decade.
The winningest coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball history has voiced wariness about realignment before. In October, Krzyzewski suggested that powerhouse conferences could eventually flee the NCAA once they have the coffers to do so.
Krzyzewski, who's won four NCAA championships in his 33 years at Duke, said that when it comes to the ongoing conference shuffle, he sees no end in sight.
"I think it's a long way from ending," he said. "(Traditions) are priceless and I hate that we're not looking at those things close enough as we look into the future of college athletics."
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