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Coach K has been in the news a lot recently. Normally, that’s due to his teams’ success on the basketball court. But here lately, it’s been more about his recent call to delay the college basketball season.
Well, that and Duke’s struggles after a 2-2 start.
On Thursday, Alabama head coach Nate Oats, an up-and-comer who came over from Buffalo, called out the timing of those comments from Coach K.
Nate Oats on Coach K wanting to delay play due to COVID-19: “Let me ask you a question. Do you think Coach K would be saying that if he hadn’t lost those two non-conference games at home?”
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) December 10, 2020
Well, things just got a lot more interesting on this front.
In all seriousness, it is a bit surprising to see Oats call out Coach K, but he asks a question on the minds of a lot of people.
The Blue Devils started the season with an 81-71 victory over Coppin State, but have since gone 1-2. One of those was a six-point loss to Michigan State (5-0), while the other was a lot more lopsided. Illinois (4-1) beat Duke 83-68 on Tuesday, and that’s when Coach K suggested postponing the season.
Both of his losses were to good teams, but this doesn’t look like the Duke we are used to seeing.
Were the comments understandable? Yes. Were they timely? Absolutely not.
We’ll have to see how things transpire from here. Will Coach K answer the criticism from Oats? This situation is far from over.
Update: Below is a video of Oats’ comment and his follow up. A summary: “We 100 percent should be playing basketball.”
🔥🔥🔥NATE OATS 🔥🔥🔥
"We 100% should be playing basketball." pic.twitter.com/QoHbML9Lwu
— Roger Hoover (@Roger_Hoover) December 10, 2020
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