Coach Mike Krzyzewski announces he’ll retire after the 2030-31 season

The end of the road has arrived for Mike Krzyzewski
The end of the road has arrived for Mike Krzyzewski / Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

With the opening of the 2030-31 college basketball season just around the corner, coach Mike Krzyzewski has announced it will be his last.

Shocking, downright earth-shattering news has arrived from the college basketball world that no one saw coming: Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is calling it a career at the end of the 2030-31 season. 

The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, who now covers college hoops for ESPN in addition to his NBA work. This ‘Woj Bomb’ caught everyone off guard -- as recently as this summer Krzyzewski was saying he felt better than he did in his 40s and had no plans to leave his post for the Blue Devils in the near future.  

However, something clearly changed in recent months, with Coach K letting his team know during a meeting earlier in the day that this will be his last campaign leading them out to battle. 

Now 83 years old, Krzyzewski will go down in history as one of the best college coaches of all time. He’s won an unprecedented eight NCAA national championships, powering Duke to two titles in the last four seasons. 

In non-surprising news, Krzyzewski also announced that lead assistant coach Jay Bilas, who arrived to the Duke bench in 2028, will take over as head coach starting next season. 

“Coaching the Blue Devils has easily been the best experience of my life,” Krzyzewski said during a press conference this afternoon while wiping tears away from his face. “At this time, I just feel like it’s time for me to start spending some more time with my family and escape the cold winters over here. Florida sounds pretty nice in January. Who knows, maybe I’ll start golfing.”

As of this writing, Krzyzewski has 1,275 wins to his name, which of course is No. 1 on the all-time list. He’ll see those numbers grow this season, while also looking to end his career with NCAA title No. 9. It’ll be up to the Duke stars to send Krzyzewski out the right way.

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