Mike Krzyzewski defends using 'blip' to describe college basketball corruption trial

Ryan Young
Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski defended using the word “blip” to describe the college basketball corruption scandal. (AP)
Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski defended using the word “blip” to describe the college basketball corruption scandal. (AP)

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski drew criticism earlier this month after describing the college basketball corruption trial as a “blip.”

His comments seemed to downplay the importance of the ongoing federal trial, which was sparked by an FBI investigation looking into massive pay-for-play allegations throughout the amateur basketball world and has potential to completely reshape the sport.

After the Blue Devils’ exhibition game against Virginia Union on Tuesday night, Krzyzewski addressed his “blip” comments. He didn’t apologize by any means, but explained what a “blip” means to him — which included a very technical definition.

“I said blip and I got in trouble,” Krzyzewski said, via Brant Wilkerson-New of the Greensboro News and Record. “By the way, you know what a blip is? No really. For you guys, because you’re local, I don’t care if it goes national. You know what a radar is? There’s a blip. My feel, I’m military, what’s happening there is a blip on the total radar of 353 schools. It doesn’t mean it’s an inconsequential blip. And if I don’t know other things on the radar, why is it wrong to say that? Why is it demeaning to say that? I don’t understand that. Does that make sense?

“Look, I’m not trying to defend myself because it doesn’t make a difference. People are going to take shots. But that’s what a blip is. It’s not meant to disrespect our game or whatever. Or to say that what might be going on — until everything is proven and gone through — is a small part of our sport. I believe that. I believe it because I have not encountered that type of activity against us in recruiting. So why would I tell you that it’s rampant if I don’t know it is? I don’t understand that. Why would somebody expect me to do that? Is that fair? Fair or not, tell me.”

Now, Krzyzewski isn’t the only college coach with that mindset regarding the massive scandal. North Carolina coach Roy Williams echoed Krzyzewski’s thoughts earlier this month, too, saying he was “dumbfounded” by the allegations.

While it may be just a “blip” on his radar, Krzyzewski said he is concerned by the allegations — especially if they turn out to be true.

“Of course it concerns me, but also the truth concerns me,” Krzyzewski said. “What is the truth? There’s a lot of people who will say they lost somebody because somebody cheated. And we haven’t lost a guy that way. So why is that minimizing it? I’m not trying to minimize it. That’s not good, but neither is something in other aspects of our society in certain areas. So that’s what I was doing. You can take it for what it’s worth.”

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