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Coach K's decision OK

Krzyzewski's choice helps recruiting at Duke

Updated: October 29, 2009, 6:04 PM ET
By Dick Vitale

When Mike Krzyzewski accepted the opportunity to coach the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team for a second time, some felt it would hurt his recruiting at Duke.

Oh, really?

Those detractors pointed to the time involved working with USA Basketball, the energy and passion needed to put together the American squad and said it would take away from his activities and responsibilities at Duke.

Give me a break! That is absurd because, in my opinion, it will help his recruiting. Imagine what high school players will think seeing him coaching LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and other stars.

Trust me, they will be impressed. Don't you think that is a good sales pitch when entering a home visit? Coaching the best of the best is a positive for his résumé. These kids probably watched the 2008 Olympics and saw how Coach K handled the pressure and responsibilities.

Coach K already has showed that the critics are way off. Recently Duke got a commitment from St. Patrick's (Elizabeth, N.J.) guard Kyrie Irving, beating out Kentucky and Texas A&M for his services.

It is ludicrous to think Krzyzewski will suffer by handling two important coaching jobs. He already showed he could do it when he helped bring home the gold medal from the Beijing Olympics. There are positives that come from being the coach of the red, white and blue. People have so much respect for the things the Hall of Famer has accomplished throughout his career.

Put to rest any feeling that it would be a negative. The Blue Devils are picked as co-favorite in the ACC this season despite the loss of Gerald Henderson to the NBA and Elliot Williams via transfer to Memphis.

This situation is a positive all the way!

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.