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Coach K returning to US men's team

Posted May 22, 2013

Multiple sources have confirmed to WRAL that Duke head coach  Mike Krzyzewski has agreed to return as the US men's Olympic basketball coach.

Krzyzewski, whose decision to return will be made official at at press conference Thursday, will attempt to lead the Americans to a third straight Olympic gold medal. 

Krzyzewski announced he would be stepping away from the national team following the successful run at the 2012 London Olympics.

"It's a lot," Krzyzewski said when he returned to the Triangle in August. "I was so honored to do it and it turned out great. It's time to pass the baton without letting it drop."

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo was persistent in reclaiming Krzyzewski, promising to take him out for "pizza and wine" to try to convince him not to leave. Colangelo and Krzyzewski met extensively last week to talk about the possibility of K coaching the team again.

Krzyzewski, 66, took over as Team USA coach in 2005, winning gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and the 2010 world basketball championship.

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  • PanthersFan45 May 23, 12:34 p.m.

    Great news .... he knows the international rules well and has a long track record in international play that dates back to the 80's Pan-Am games. I think he is better suited to coach the Olypmic team than any NBA coach.

  • 903 mens national championships May 22, 11:01 p.m.

    and that doesn't even take into account losing the Victory Bell and/or the sweep...

  • mike honcho May 22, 10:13 p.m.

    Some are still stinging from the Wiggins decision.

  • MoDuke v2 is gone May 22, 9:44 p.m.

    It took rats entire attention just to flame out in the elite 8. Another 4 years of flameouts... View More

    — Posted by dooksucksv5

    You mean like in 2010 when he was the USA coach?

    What has been Roy's excuse?

    — Posted by aoakley336

    It will be harder for him to use a paid player this time.

    — Posted by dooksucksv5

    v5 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • MoDuke v2 is gone May 22, 9:41 p.m.

    Looks like I will be pulling against team USA again. And by the way, that IS the patriotic... View More

    — Posted by readme

    If you don't like coach K getting the gig again then just tell ol' Roy to quit turning the job down. :)

  • iron fist May 22, 7:18 p.m.

    I'm glad that the decision has been made wishing him and the team well.

  • cmandelin May 22, 6:09 p.m.

    Ratface simply just won't go away. I'll be glad when he finally retires and is gone. I am sick... View More

    — Posted by The Greatest Ever

    Lame excuse for a coach? He looks pretty successful to me.

  • rushbot May 22, 6:03 p.m.

    Excellent!!! That will give him a leg up in recruiting over the tar persons and the lupo persons.

  • The Greatest Ever May 22, 5:51 p.m.

    Ratface simply just won't go away. I'll be glad when he finally retires and is gone. I am sick of his ugly self and I don't even like his looks...potty mouth lame excuse for a coach!

  • kmorsreturn May 22, 4:52 p.m.

    It took rats entire attention just to flame out in the elite 8. Another 4 years of flameouts... View More

    — Posted by dooksucksv5

    You mean like in 2010 when he was the USA coach?

    What has been Roy's excuse?

    — Posted by aoakley336

    It will be harder for him to use a paid player this time.

    — Posted by dooksucksv5

    why is it going to be harder for Roy to use a paid player? Because the NCAA now has its eyes on him?

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