Newspaper apologizes for illustration of Mike Krzyzewski
The Indianapolis Star apologized to Duke on Friday after publishing in some editions of its newspaper an illustration that depicted Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski with horns.
“It was kind of juvenile,” Krzyzewski said. “Not kind of, it was just juvenile. You know, my seven grandkids didn’t enjoy looking at it. That’s not Papi.
“We have great kids who go to school, they graduate. If we’re going to be despised or hated by anybody because we go to school and we want to win, you know what? That’s your problem.”
The illustration on the cover of the sports section accompanied a story headlined “Despising Duke.”
It ran in fewer than 30,000 papers statewide before it was pulled. Jim Lefko, the newspaper’s senior editor for sports, apologized to Duke on Friday morning.
Krzyzewski, at his afternoon news conference, was not amused.
“If you don’t like it, keep drawing pictures,” he said. “You know, just keep drawing pictures. Try to do them a little better than that, though.”
At last year’s Final Four in Detroit, Michigan State had the so-called home-court advantage. Saturday, the roles will be switched when Michigan State plays Butler, whose campus is about five miles north of downtown Indianapolis.
“You know, I think Butler deserves to have a big crowd here and a big following,” Spartans Coach Tom Izzo said. “But at the end of the day, I don’t think it will affect us that much. I don’t think it will help them that much. Once the ball is tossed, I think you’ll see that the players take over, not the fans and not the coaches.”
Michigan State defeated Connecticut in a national semifinal last year but lost to North Carolina by 17 points in the final.
— Chris Dufresne
UCLA’s Lane to have surgery
Brendan Lane, a freshman forward who averaged 2.4 points and 1.5 rebounds while shooting 57.4% in about 10 minutes a game for UCLA, is to have surgery on his left ankle. Lane sustained three sprains to his ankle during the season and missed five games. He is expected to be sidelined for five months.
— Chris Foster
Purdue Coach Matt Painter signed a new contract that runs through the 2016-17 season. Purdue said Friday that Painter will earn a $1.3-million base salary, plus up to $1 million in incentives based on academic, athletic and attendance performance. … Kent State Coach Geno Ford agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2014-15 that will pay him a base salary of $300,000 per year. … Ohio State junior Evan Turner is the Associated Press player of the year. The 6-foot-7 swingman averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists. Turner missed six games after breaking bones in his back when he fell after a dunk in December. The Buckeyes went .500 without him, then won the Big Ten title after he returned. … Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, whose team was unranked in the preseason poll and rose to No. 1, is the AP coach of the year. … Georgia Tech forward Gani Lawal said he will skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft. He averaged 13.1 points and 8.5 rebounds this season.