Looks like Lute is out as coach for a while. Anyone heard what's up?
Combine this with Olsen's age and you have a formula for a very tough time recruiting at Arizona. Can any kid going there be confident that Lute will be there in a year or two? The dude is 73. How much longer could he have left?
--Jason "time to trot out some stories of Duke vs. Arizona from the 90s and why K refuses to ever play them again" Evans
Real classy Jason.
Hope everything's OK with Lute.
That said, no one is sure when that will be. Lute likes to think of himself as extraordinarily youthful, and has some evidence for the case. His players are in awe of his energy. He regularly joins them in the weight room, and holds his own.
Despite Luther's complaining after the 01 final about the officiating and his somewhat delusional rantings about the pro-Redick media (at the expense of Salim Stoudamire), I've always thought he was a pretty classy guy who was good for college basketball.
Hope everything's okay in Tuscon.
I'm too young to know the stories from the early 90's. Why does K refuse to play against Arizona? Is anyone willing to share some of those stories?
The crowd was terrible too -- unknowledgeable, old fuddy-duddy types whose attitude was like, "how dare you cheer for the opponent" and "what do you mean it's possible a team could come in here and we could actually . . . lose?" Classic nouveu riche stuff. But I suspect K's refusal to play them has to do with the referreeing, not the crowd.
The animosity goes back at least to the first time they played in '87 in Tucson -- teams that would both later be in the final four. K was griping a lot about the refereeing (UofA won by eight in a great game; that was their best team, with Sean Elliot and Steve Kerr). When interviewed about it, Lute referred to K rather disdainfully as "Krzyzewski," and it was clear there was no love lost between them. Apparently, the relationship stayed chilly.
Duke did not play in the 1987 Final Four.
thanks for the stories. my only memory of a duke/arizona game would be the national championship game in 2001. seem to remember arizona having a difficult time getting out to cover the open three's on the wing in transition in the 2nd half.
I wish Olsen all the best. I mean him no harm.
I've been unsurprised that the only times Duke could get together to play Arizona, it would either be on a neutral location or in Tuscon. Could the athletic departments at these institutions not be able to come to terms to get the teams together in Cameron? In light of this, I was highly surprised to see Lute bring his bunch into the hole's place last year. Maybe due to the fact that he left with a large "L" might offer some insight as to why they've not come to Gothica.
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I seem to remember a rather constant mumble from Lute about the east coast media bias in general, and the darling Dukies in specific. He always seemed to have a chip on his shoulder about getting no respect out west. He was never afraid to make sarcastic remarks about specific players such as JJ which reminds me of another coach and a word that I used to describe him.The coach? el Deano...the word? SNIDE. Now that I think about it, that's probably why I never really cared for Lute (though not obsessed with him as i was with Dean Smith)...he is simply...snide!
I've heard through the grapevine that he is getting a divorce, thus, he needs the time to seperate himself from the game for a while.
But, who knows???
This could be totally off.
Just out of curiosity, who will get the wins and losses while Olson is out?
If he doesn't take them, will he get as much criticism as Coach K did in '95?