We do some Duke-hating around these parts. And maybe a hair too much of it, if you ask no one. I mean, hey, Duke lost to VCU in 2007 in the first round, before it was cool.
But stories like this remind us why they are the Dookies and no one else is.
We've already explained that ESPN and Jalen Rose dreamed up a ruse to sell Fab Five, parroting that "Uncle Tom" clip across platforms.
And Rose unwittingly undermined his own message—he was arrested on suspicion of DUI earlier this month, although the story didn't break until tonight.
According to the AP, "an ESPN spokesman said the network was 'looking into it.'" Mmhmm.
Nonetheless, Coach K had to respond today to Rose's weeks-old quote, on ESPN Chicago's "Waddle and Silvy Show," of all places. This silly story refuses to end, doesn't it?
"Obviously, that was a poor choice of words and very insulting to everyone here at Duke but especially, not just our African-American players, but any African-American students," Krzyzewski said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 in Chicago Tuesday. "When you judge within a race, you start judging, like you put categories as to who you are. I think that's just the wrong thing to do."
Krzyzewski said one of the Fab Five could have ended up at Duke.
"We were very successful against them and, to be quite frank with you, we recruited Chris Webber," he said. "I didn't recruit Jalen Rose because we had Grant Hill and I'm happy with that. We didn't look at the other, Juwan Howard [because] we knew he wasn't going to come to Duke. The other two kids we didn't think were the caliber that could play as well as Thomas Hill and Brian Davis and Billy McCaffery. They're good kids. They were good kids."
OK, so racism is bad, Chris Webber was good, so was Jalen Rose (who may have driven under the influence), but Grant Hill was too, a foolish comment is still foolish, and Duke is still grabbing attention nearly a week after their tournament exit. Sounds about right.
Mike Krzyzewski reacts to Jalen Rose [ESPN Chicago]