March 18th, 2009
07:21 PM ET
14 years ago

Coach K disses Obama's basketball picks

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The President predicted that Duke's archrival, North Carolina, will win the NCAA tournament."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski isn't thrilled his team got snubbed by the leader of the free world.

"Somebody said that we're not in President Obama's Final Four, and as much as I respect what he's doing, really, the economy is something that he should focus on, probably more than the brackets," Krzyzewski told a reporter from the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Related: Obama's Final Four picks revealed

The president filled out his NCAA bracket for ESPN on Tuesday, and the Blue Devils weren't among his Final 4 picks. Instead, he has Coach K's squad falling to Pittsburgh in the Elite 8.

Obama's pick to win the Big Dance? Duke's archrival, the University of North Carolina.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Jon in Ca

    Careful Coach K.... Obama & his Administration will buy a billboard to mock you.

    Ask Rush – who dared to disagree with the messiah.

    March 18, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Alex W.

    I really find it ridiculous when presidents try to have a tad bit of fun and people bash them for it. Obama is only human, give him a break! Everyone needs a bit of "me" time whether the economy is in the dumps or not

    March 18, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I hate Duke even more Krzyzewki should keep his mouth shut

    March 18, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. No Hillary = No Obama

    WHO THE HECK CARES – Obama needs to lock himself in the Oval Office and start getting to work instead of making appearances on late night TV, mulling over who is going to win basketball games and cutting into prime time so he can give yet another speech.

    March 18, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. TjayeInLA

    So, is he snippy with everyone who didn't pick his team in their final four?

    March 18, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. lol

    The words "chill out" come to mind. LOL.

    March 18, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. john l.a.

    Yes, I agree with President Obama, North Carolina was my final
    2 pick, if I could confidently feel USC after winning the Pac-10
    tournament here, beat 11 time national champ crosstown rival
    ucla, i'd take the trojans. My native Illinois Illini don't figure this
    year, Purdue looks strong as well as Michigan State.

    March 18, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Get Well Soon GOP

    Coach K may not like it, but the voters in NC sure do. Most students in Duke are from out of the state. Obama beats them to the punch one again.

    March 18, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. tennisguypitt

    I would like the arch-rival of Duke AND UNC to win...


    March 18, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. tom Cranston

    Maybe Coach K should spend all of his time focusing on basketball rather than trying to pad his income by doing commercials!!!

    March 18, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Gop

    Coach don’t worry about what Obama thinks of your team. What you should worry is the fact your school has more resources then others and he might raise your taxes soon.

    To Obama when he speaks about fair and equality, he means the ones that have must give up what they have earned so they become poor and miserable like the fools that voted him into office!

    March 18, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Fitz in Texas

    Well said Coack K!!!!-–Obama should focus more on the economy and paying attention to the people he's hired wouldn't be such a bad idea either.

    March 18, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. arithmetic is liberal

    Cry me a river, Krzyzewski.
    If you were in the final four, you'd be blathering praises.

    Self interest: a value as American as apple pie.

    March 18, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. RFC

    Barack Obama should try tapping into Coach K's playbook a little more. The difference between them is that Coach K is a wildly successful basketball coach and Barack Obama has been a miserable failure as a president. Coach K understands that you need to stick with what you're good. Barack Obama is trying to be all things to all people and is falling flat on his face.

    March 18, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. Aaron

    Guy takes time out of his coaching schedule during the big tournament to criticize the president for taking time out of his schedule to think sports during the big crisis?

    That was almost as confusing to write as it was to think about.

    March 18, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. Susan

    Agree fully with Coach K.

    Mr Obama, your campaigning is over. Now work.

    March 18, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |