INDIANAPOLIS - The local newspaper here, the Indianapolis Star, ran a story Friday on the front of its sports section entitled Despising Duke. No problem there. That's pretty much accepted in much of the non-Duke college basketball world.
The problem was with the artwork that accompanied the story. The newspaper's graphics department doctored a photo of coach Mike Krzyzewski with hand-drawn horns, a mustache, the word "lose'' multiple times around the coach's tie and even doctored its own headline, adding "is no good'' after Duke.
The newspaper changed the artwork after the early edition copies were printed and distributed, eliminating all of the artwork and changing the headline to "Boo Devils.'' The paper's editors also met with Krzyzewski and his wife later in the day and apologized.
Still . . .
"First thing I thought was 'That can't be.' How could a newspaper do that?'' Krzyzewski said. "I thought somebody doodled. But it was kind of juvenile. Not kind of, it was just juvenile.
"My seven grandkids didn't enjoy looking at it. 'That's not Poppy.' It is what it is. It's very juvenile.''
Krzyzewski, of course, is used to the hatred toward his program, which he has led to 11 Final Fours. But the newspaper he saw on Friday seemed to set him off just a little bit and he fired back at those who would criticize the Duke program.
"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,'' Krzyzewski said. "And you have the problem because we're going to go to school and we're going to try to win. If you don't like it, keep drawing pictures, you know. Just keep drawing pictures. Try to do them a little bit better than that, though."