The opinions on Johnny Dawkins’ move to Stanford keep rolling in…
- Raleigh N&O: Time was right to make move
- Former Daily Quickie man Dan Shanoff had one line to say on his self-titled blog—Stanford hires Duke’s Johnny Dawkins: Not bad, not exciting either.
- Statement from Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski released by the athletics department last night: “In my 28 years at Duke, no one did more to build our program as a player, coach or a person than Johnny Dawkins. He is as responsible as anyone for the success we’ve had for more than two decades. Johnny is certainly ready to become a head coach at a high level, and that is exactly the opportunity he’s been presented. He will identify completely with what Stanford does, both in the classroom and on the court, and will maintain its strong basketball tradition. This is a great fit for both Stanford and Johnny.”
Rounding out this morning’s other news, North Carolina’s Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington have declared for Saturday’s NBA draft, as did sixth man Danny Green (although Green did not hire an agent). Tyler Hansbrough, however, has decided to grace Tobacco Road with his presence for yet another year… Duke southpaw Chistopher Manno pitched another gem Saturday as the Blue Devils took down Maryland and came one step closer to postseason play. Duke looks to take the series today at 1 p.m. at Jack Coombs Field… The men’s lacrosse squad goes for its fifth ACC championship when the team squares off against Virginia in Charlottesville today at 3:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Network. If you can’t get close to a television, watch out for Sports Managing Editor Matt Iles’ live blog of the game right here at this very url.
—by Meredith Shiner
Yes, Duke and Stanford are eerily similar—from to top-notch academics and great athletics to unparalleled mascot drama (three cheers for drunken trees and blown knees!)—but what are writers from North Carolina and California saying about Johnny Dawkins’ ability to lead the Cardinal?
- Ray Ratto at the San Francisco Chronicle gives a cautious endorsement of the hire, lauding Dawkins’ accomplishments as a player and as an assistant while bringing up the shortcomings of other K disciples, Tommy Amaker and Quin Snyder. Another Chronicle writer says Dawkins arrival at Stanford marks the redemption of AD Bob Bowlsby.
- The Herald Sun’s Frank Dascenzo weighs in on the risks and rewards for Dawkins in leaving, how long he might be gone—depends on how much Dawkins wins and how long K wants to continue coaching, he says—as well as the strange web that is Alleva and Trent Johnson to LSU and Dawkins to Stanford.
- The San Jose Mercury News gives a State of the Cardinal Basketball address.
Full recap of the Sunday morning papers and blogs to follow.
In other big news, and to keep you amused until then, Ramses the Ram was killed by a blow from his own son! Talk about a modern-day Oedipal tale, if Oedipus were, you know, a blue-horned ram known for parading around Kenan Football Stadium. This little guy could give Chicago’s cursed billy goat a run for his money.
—by Meredith Shiner
Multiple media outlets have reported that associate men’s basketball head coach Johnny Dawkins has accepted the head coaching position at Stanford.
Dawkins graduated in 1986 as Duke’s career leading scorer and held the record until 2006, when he was surpassed by J.J. Redick. He became an assistant coach in 1998 and Mike Krzyzewski’s associate head coach in 1999. His No. 24 was retired, and he is a member of the Duke Sports Hall of Fame. Dawkins is also in charge of player development for Krzyzewski’s U.S. Olympic team.
What do you think of Dawkins’ decision, and how will it affect Duke?
Multiple media outlets have reported that associate men’s basketball head coach Johnny Dawkins interviewed for the open head coaching position at Stanford Friday.
Dawkins graduated as the leading scorer in Duke history in 1986. He is now the second-leading scorer in Duke’s record books, as he was surpassed by J.J. Redick in 2006. He spent nine seasons in the NBA before returning to Duke as an administrative assistant in 1996. He became an assistant coach in 1998 and the associate head coach in 1999. His No. 24 was retired, and he is a member of the Duke Sports Hall of Fame.
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury-News offers a compelling case against Dawkins, citing his lack of experience as a head coach and the differences between Duke and Stanford despite their first-rate academic reputations.
We’ll work on getting it confirmed through our end. Check back for more updates.
—by Ben Cohen