Fake news of Coach K's retirement circulates on Facebook
Posted September 1
A website that allows users to create fake news to prank their friends has snared some Duke basketball fans this week.
The post, created on react365.com, cites WRAL-TV as the source of news that head men's Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will retire after the 2018 season.
It reads, "Breaking - Coach K told WRAL-TV that after multiple surgeries and a desire to spend more time with his family that next season will be his last. Developing...." and asks that people share the news on Facebook.
More than 20,000 people have shared that without noticing that react365.com is a site that prompts, "Write an article and prank your friends for fun."
Duke University on Thursday said the prank had gotten out of hand, and assured fans that it was a false report.
WRAL spoke with Duke official Jon Jackson who vehemently disputed the story and confirmed that Krzyzewski has no plans to retire after the 2018 season.
Jackson said Krzyzewski is recovering well from the knee replacement he had in early August. The Hall of Fame coach has been to his office a few times and is working toward a full recovery in time for practice to begin later in the fall.
At the bottom of the social post on Krzyzewski is a button labeled "create a prank."
Someone did which created a few raised eyebrows when they read the story. But to reiterate, the Coach K retirement story is bogus.