Coach K in 'serious' talks about national team job

Updated: October 14, 2005, 6:04 PM ET
Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged he has been in "serious discussions" about becoming the U.S. national team coach, and calls the position a "great honor."

But the Hall of Fame coach refused Friday to comment any further.

It would be a great honor, more than that, a great responsibility. If that comes about, you have to rethink a bunch of things that you're doing. I'm not ready to rethink that yet.
Mike Krzyzewski

"That has not been finalized yet, obviously because we haven't had a press conference or whatever," Krzyzewski said at the Blue Devils' annual preseason media day. "I've been in serious discussions, but it's not ready for an official announcement."

A source told The Associated Press earlier this week that Krzyzewski -- who has led Duke to three national championships -- was chosen during a USA Basketball conference call last week. He would coach the team for the 2006 world championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Official word was supposed to come Oct. 29.

The appointment was first reported by USA Today.

Krzyzewski, who led Duke to three national championships, would become the first college coach to run a U.S. men's basketball team at the worlds or Olympics since NBA players began playing in such competition in 1992.

He was an assistant on the U.S. Dream Team coached by Chuck Daly at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Krzyzewski addressed the report to start his news conference, then insisted that further questions focus on the Blue Devils.

"It would be a great honor, more than that, a great responsibility," Krzyzewski said. "If that comes about, you have to rethink a bunch of things that you're doing. I'm not ready to rethink that yet."

The American men are trying regroup after finishing sixth at the 2002 world championships in Indianapolis and third at the 2004 Olympics. The team at the Athens Games was without several top NBA players and was coached by Larry Brown.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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