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Coach Mike Krzyzewski is in Favor of Fair to Play Act

Coach K | Photo: ACC Photography

Today is ACC Media Day in Charlotte, NC. Coach K was in attendance and spoke on a number of topics including the new Fair to Play Act that was recently signed into law in California.

Matt Norlander reported on Twitter:

“We need to stay current with what’s happening. I’m glad it was passed because it pushes the envelope, it pushes the issue.”

Krzyzewski also said NIL coming to this point with legislation became inevitable because NCAA lagged on issue for decades. “We’ve had our head in the sand a lot for college.” … “We’re not good game planners for the future. We’re reactionary. We don’t set the pace.”

Krzyzewski is the most prominent coach in college athletics and is openly lobbying for NIL rights for college athletes.

“I’m really happy this is happening.”

Coach K released the following statement:

“The Fair Pay to Play Act that was recently signed into law in California will likely lead to far-reaching change. We’ve already seen similar bills introduced in several states. I don’t — and won’t — pretend to understand all the complexities of such a change. However, it is a sign of the times that we in college athletics must continually adapt, albeit in a sensible manner. While we have made significant progress in recent years, we have not always responded to the needs and rights of our players swiftly, and frankly, we’re playing catchup after years of stagnant rules. I hope and trust that not only will there be a plan to put the student-athletes’ best interests at the forefront, but that we’ll also have a firm plan for implementation at the national level. College athletics provides an amazing option for hundreds of thousands of talented men and women who choose to attend institutions across the country. We must adapt to ensure it stays that way.” — Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University Head Basketball Coach