Can Mike Krzyzewski Take Over the U.S. Ryder Cup Team?

coachkHe’s certainly got a full plate, but I wonder if Mike Krzyzewski would have any interest in taking over the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

For all the criticism people like Adrian Wojnarowski have been dishing out to Krzyzewski because of his success in rebuilding the USA Basketball program, wouldn’t it be nice to see the same type of transformation take place with the U.S. Ryder Cup team?

After this past weekend’s abysmal showing by the United States at the Ryder Cup in Scotland, which led to the Europeans winning the cup for the third consecutive time, many are now calling for major changes to the U.S. approach to the competition.

In this article by John Hawkins for, he suggests the PGA of America should consider adopting a strategy similar to what USA Basketball did with Krzyzewski in having him take over as coach for an extended period of time.

The value of the continuity Coach K was able to establish with the program was a big part in changing the culture and getting things back on track.

Granted, it’s a different challenge in fixing the issues with the U.S. Ryder Cup team compared to USA Basketball – with the biggest problem being that many of the world’s best players are Europeans. That’s a problem that might not go away for a while.

However, after this weekend’s Ryder Cup showing, it’s time to shake things up.

Coach K isn’t the right man for the job. But it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea for the PGA of America to give him a call to see if he can offer any tips.

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David Aldridge

David Aldridge

David has been a die hard fan of Duke Basketball since the 1990's, when Coach K and the Blue Devils slapped the floor and made their way into his heart. During his playing days, David perfected his role on his basketball team as being the guy who would hold everyone on the bench back after a teammate would make a clutch shot. He once played N.C. State legend David Thompson in a game of H-O-R-S-E. David won.

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