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Watch As Coach K Single-Handedly Prevents An Embarrassing Court-Rush By Duke Fans (UPDATE)


UPDATE: SportsGrid editor Glenn Davis here. Since the publication of this post, some people have contended that there was no actual court-rush happening (as it appeared initially to us… and Dickie V, for whatever that’s worth). With this in mind, we watched the video again. And… yeah, they appear to be right. So while we remain impressed by Coach K’s ability to command the floor even while there’s no actual basketball happening on it, it was for reasons other than preventing an unwarranted court storm. So apologies, Duke fans. We should have assumed better from you, and it’s on me that we didn’t. We’re preserving the original post, which is below.

No. 2 Duke beat unranked UNC in a fairly close game last night, at home. There was no buzzer-beater. Duke was favored by 11 points. They didn’t cover the spread. KenPom gave them something like an 80% chance of winning. A loss would’ve been a shock, rivalry aside. Duke students are smart, so the legend goes. Yet they still tried to rush the court after beating a middling UNC team by five.

But Maestro Coach K is a smart man, and wouldn’t have his beloved Duke be embarrassed like that. He is so revered by students that a simple arm motion stopped the whole legion. It was magical. Invite Coach K to your parties, frat stars of Duke. His presence will forbid any fights or drama.

I’m firmly pro-court-rushing. I’ve rushed Michigan Stadium three times, and I’ve loved it every time. I don’t care what anyone thinks. But if you aren’t rushing on a buzzer-beater, an upset, or a monstrous win, you are embarrassing yourself and devaluing future rushes. You don’t want to do that. Rushing the court/field is a once twice thrice-in-a-lifetime experience.

Duke students, you should be embarrassed. You make it so easy to hate you. My only college interview was with Duke. I met a woman at a library, where she proceeded to grill me about politics for an hour. I don’t like politics. And I especially didn’t like them as a busy, smarmy 17-year old. Then she asked me what books I had read recently outside the classroom. She ignored the tomes of sports books I mentioned. What else? I told her I liked physics. She quizzed me on Stephen Hawking books. I had no answers. She was mean. Duke rejected me.

I bet all of those dunderheaded court-rushers read Stephen Hawking books at 17.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/john.anton.18 John Anton

    How are you going to post a video that shows that it wasn’t a court rush in an article about how it was a court rush? Did you even watch the video? Coach K was trying to get the media off the court because refs wanted play out the last 1.7 seconds after the clock didn’t start on the inbound.

  • http://www.JVE.biz/ Rug Ratz

    Watch the video a couple more times … you will see it is a court rush as there were young people running out, not the media. I think the article author is a little dramatic in his interpretation of the event but it appears to still be accurate.

  • Anonymous

    Not even remotely a court rush.

  • Anonymous

    Because it was squelched by the Maestro!

  • Dman451

    You must have been at a different game. Freeze the video at the 15sec mark. The ones on the court are: Players, Coaches, Photagraphers and security staff (in yellow). How do you get that anyone rushed the court?

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.anton.18 John Anton

    Those were the team managers. You can tell because they always wear the same blue polos and black slacks.

  • chris

    There was no court rush. This article is stupid.

  • Brian

    Too bad Coach K couldn’t save this embarrassing article.

  • Pete

    Matt….sorry you’re bitter you didn’t get into Duke. I didn’t get in either. Doesn’t mean you need to a) write an article based on something that didn’t happen (as stated below, it was media/team managers and b) make snarky comments about young men and women who are smart and worked hard and were able to get accepted. Your bad experience in an interview has nothing to do with those kids, or the basketball team. Get over your envy and act like a grown-up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.mouland.908 Brian Mouland

    Three guys is hardly a rush

  • DoctorMu

    The only court rush at CIS was after the Manager’s Game.


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