As of this past Saturday, we have officially entered the Jon Scheyer period in Duke basketball. A very first-time head mentor, hand-picked by Mike Krzyzewski as his successor, Scheyer has been increasing the ranks as an assistant mentor with the Blue Devils considering the fact that 2013.
To go out on prime, maintaining a fantastic partnership with the university you are leaving, apparently will allow you some say in how a application that you have created should to carry on. Although Scheyer has no past head coaching expertise, is it risk-free to have confidence in Coach K’s wisdom just one last time in accomplishing what is very best for Duke basketball — a selection he has experienced to make innumerable instances in excess of the very last 4 decades?
As Duke heads into their first excellent unknown of this century with Scheyer, we consider a seem back again at other higher education coaches who had been set in the unachievable situation of succeeding a legend in the sport — some of whom stepped up from longtime assistant roles, as Scheyer will do, and other individuals who had preceding head coaching knowledge somewhere else, as Roy Williams did. Each had massive shoes to fill, and did so to varying degrees of achievement.
Scheyer has, at the very least, been specified the profit of a type of instruction-wheels yr for the duration of the controversial Mentor K retirement tour — lots of of the coaches on this list were just as surprised as the rest of us to hear that their boss would be retiring.