Shane Dunaway: Coach K worthy of a storybook ending – The Selma Times‑Journal

OWhen it comes to sports, I’m a sucker for the purposes of tales where coaches or players can end their careers with a championship in hand.

In my lifetime, I’ve had the privilege of seeing several players accomplish this feat, mostly in the NFL, whether it’s Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis, or linebacker Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis.

A more recent example of this feel-good scenario came in Super Bowl LVI, where Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth won a ring by beating his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals. I feel like this one flew under the radar a bit because of the position he plays, but I digress.

College basketball might be the first sport to give me the opportunity to see a coach end his career by leading his team to a championship.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is certainly no stranger to championships, having won five with the Blue Devils, but there’s something magical about this opportunity that could make this one the most title ever. moment of his career if he can guide his team to two more wins. .

His first hurdle comes today against a North Carolina team that beat their team 94-81 in their last game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.

There’s no doubt in my mind that these players on the court are going to give Coach K all the energy they can muster to bounce back the rival Tar Heels from the tournament and avenge what should have been another moment of wellness a month ago.

From there, Coach K is expected to face either Kansas or Villanova in Monday’s championship game. Jayhawks coach Bill Self led Kansas to a national championship in 2008, while Wildcats coach Jay Wright’s resume includes a pair of titles won in 2016 and 2018.

Either way, he would be a formidable and worthy opponent in what would be Coack K’s last game, but only if his side can pull off the win tonight.

Will Coack K’s side have enough in the tank – not just physically, but emotionally – after a win on Saturday?

I’m confident a win against North Carolina would strengthen the Blue Devils’ resolve, make them even more hungry for a championship, and motivate them to bid farewell to Kryzewski that a career of his caliber deserves.

I just hope we have a memorable “This one’s for John!” sound bite style to accompany it.

Good luck, Coach K.

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