Before Johnny Dawkins could utter his first public words as Stanford’s new head coach, the Cardinal’s athletic director, Bob Bowlsby, stole the spotlight.
“Coach Krzyzewski said that Johnny was a likely successor to him,” Bowlsby said at the press conference, citing a recent conversation with Mike Krzyzewski.
Of course, the idea that Dawkins could be the man to replace Krzyzewski is not really breaking news. As his former associate head coach and right-hand man, Dawkins has long been rumored to be Krzyzewski’s successor. But this the first time Krzyzewski has publicly acknowledged who he wants his replacement to be.
There’s a caveat now, though. What happens if assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski bolts to take a head coaching job sometime soon and is more successful than Dawkins? What happens if Dawkins doesn’t enjoy the success he expects in Palo Alto? Does he still get the Duke job down the road?
This is all speculation, obviously, as Krzyzewski has said he has no plans of retiring anytime soon. But everyone loves to look into the crystal ball, which leads to the question: What do you think?