Viewers watching Duke's round of 64 matchup against Mercer on Friday were treated to a rare sight: Mike Krzyzewski stopping to give an interview before heading into the locker room at halftime.
Krzyzewski's short chat with Rachel Nichols of CBS was such uncommon behavior for the Duke coach that it inspired several "is this really happening?" tweets from fans at home. Krzyzewski usually pawns off halftime interviews on assistants during the regular season, only occasionally relenting when the NCAA encourages the head coaches to talk during tourney time. He speaks so infrequently that we wondered if a halftime interview during a tourney loss in 2011 was responsible for jinxing the Blue Devils.
Why doesn't Coach K like giving halftime interviews? He explained his aversion in a 2011 interview.
"A coach's responsibility, from the time we talk to our players in the locker room before the game, until we talk to them in the locker room after the game, is sacred for us and our team. My responsibility is to my kids, to my team. You shouldn't be distracted. You don't owe anything to anyone else. That's why I never do halftime interviews."
As you might have guessed, we haven't missed out on much because of Coach K's stance. Friday's interview was a short one, filled with praise for Mercer's team and no real insight on the second half.
In other words, just like every other halftime interview that coaches give without anyone batting an eye.
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