Over at the Charlotte Observer, Ken Tysiac offers his opinion that Duke should try and replace former associate head coach Johnny Dawkins on the bench with an outsider. “Loyal though he is to his former players, Krzyzewski ought to resist the urge to hire any of them,” Tysiac writes. “He should hire somebody who doesn’t have connections to Duke.”
It doesn’t look likely that Krzyzewski will follow Tysiac’s advice, which revolves around the idea that Krzyzewski brought back different coaching philosophies from his experience with Team USA last summer, and the same could be a case with a fresh face on the sideline. Interesting concept, theoretically. An easy point of objection: Krzyzewksi isn’t looking to add Jim Boeheim, Mike D’Antoni or Nate McMillan to his staff.
On Monday, we presented our list of best-bet candidates to replace Dawkins. For better or worse, we stand by that list, and we’ll add former Blue Devil Jason Williams to the longshot list. Just a hunch, though.
–by Ben Cohen