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SEE IT: Coach K dances into retirement announcement presser originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
When Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski came into his press conference on Thursday afternoon a day after news broke that the 2021-22 season would be his last, the mood was certainly not a somber one.
Coach K was dancing to a song that reached its peak popularity when JJ Redick was still playing him in Cascada's "Everytime We Touch".
Fortunately for Coach K, he'll have plenty of time to work on his dance moves in the retirement stage of his life.
But before the legendary 74-year-old moves on to that stage after 41 seasons and five national championships, and before his associate head coach Jon Scheyer succeeds him, Coach K will have one final go with a loaded roster.
Unlike the crazy 2020-21 season in which his team missed out on March Madness, Krzyzewski's final campaign with the Blue Devils will feature four top-100 rated freshmen, most notably No. 3-ranked Paolo Banchero.
Banchero is a power forward who can do everything on the court, personifying the changing styles of play in the sport since Krzyzewski first started coaching in the 1970s. But Coach K assured it isn't the change in style of the game that made him come to this decision, nor was it the challenges COVID-19 inflicted upon last season. He and his wife just realized it was time.
"The reason we're doing this is because Mickie and I decided the journey is gonna be over in a year," Krzyzewski said. "And we're gonna go after it as hard as we possibly can."