Duke lost his third game in a row on Saturday, falling to Louisville, 70-65, dropping to 5-5 in the season – his worst start in more than 35 years. The match was close all the time, and Duke missed three possible or balanced shots in the last minute.
This led to an awkward moment with the media right after that.
During coach Mike Krzyzewski’s post-match press conference, Student Reporter from Duke, The Chronicle, Coach K asked a question, which resulted in an exchange between the two.
“I’m just curious about the next step forward for the team,” the reporter asked.
“Yes, why don’t we just evaluate this game,” Krzyzewski said. “I’m not in our next step forward now. We just finished a tough match. I don’t know when … What’s your major?”
The reporter did not immediately respond, so Krzyzewski asked again.
“What’s your specialty at Duke?” Coach K. Once again, the reporter didn’t respond, asking, “What’s your hardest class?”
The reporter replied, “Economic.”
Krzyzewski said, “Suppose you just underwent the toughest economic test in the world, and when you got out, someone asked you, ‘What’s your next step? “Do you understand what I mean? Do you have some sympathy?”
“Just give us time to evaluate this game, and then we will find out – just as we always try to do – what the next step will be. Obviously the next step will be to prepare for Georgia Tech. How to prepare for them – this is what we have to find out.”