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Coming up this evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Basketball Hall of Famer and Duke University head men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski for a candid conversation on everything from Team USA and the Blue Devils to Joe Paterno and Penn State.
With 927 collegiate victories to his credit, "Coach K" exists amongst an exclusive fraternity of NCAA legends, making him uniquely qualified to share insight on the legacy of one of his contemporaries:
"Probably the only person that could rival you in reputation for college sport was Joe Paterno, and his career came to this awful, tragic end," offers Piers Morgan. "How did you feel about that, as someone that knew him well, worked in a parallel world to him for a long time?"
"It was horrible, and I've respected Coach Paterno my entire life and had a chance to get to know him really well in the last year of his life," says Krzyzewski. "I thought it was really not well done in handling the situation that - it's a difficult situation to encounter."
Having coached the Blue Devils since 1980, in the process winning four National Championships and 13 ACC Tournaments, Krzyzewski is in many ways synonymous with Duke University. Paterno's association with Penn State is remarkably similar, and "Coach K" says it was grossly undervalued:
"You had somebody who's given six decades of service to the university and done such an incredible job. Somehow, you have to let - something has to play out and respect the fact that you've gone through all these experiences for six decades," he insists. "It doesn't just go out the window right at the end. I thought it was a real mistake by Penn State's leadership."
Watch the clip, and listen the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 p.m. as "Coach K" opens up about the unique challenge of coaching the world's most-talented team, as he brings his group of American All-Stars to England for the Summer Olympics.
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