Coach K speaks on meeting with Urban Meyer

By Adam Silverstein
April 5, 2010

PART I: Urban Meyer learns about recovery from Coach K

This weekend, OGGOA told you Duke Blue Devils head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and Florida Gators head football coach Urban Meyer met at some point over the last few months to discuss returning to coaching after taking a leave of absence. Like Meyer did after last the 2010 Sugar Bowl at the end of the season, Krzyzewski took some time off after his team’s 1994-95 campaign due to back issues and an intense level of exhaustion.

Speaking with the media Sunday, Krzyzewski touched on the conversation the two coaches had, explaining that he told Meyer that there is nothing wrong with taking time off to rest and recharge your batteries.

“My athletic director, Kevin White, is really good friends with Urban Meyer. He had suggested when that occurred, he said, ‘Why don’t you give him a call?’ So I gave him a call. I think the main thing we talked is that he wasn’t the only guy who, you know, that kind of stuff can happen to. I think it happens to a lot of people, whether you’re in sport or business, and you haven’t done anything wrong by feeling that way. The main thing I told him was not to make decisions while you’re feeling [tired or sick]; to feel better and then make decisions, whatever that means. Getting away, counseling, whatever it means. He actually came up to Duke about a month later. He was doing a physical there. I got a chance to talk to him for a little bit. You know, I didn’t call him to tell him about press relations about a month ago, but showed me he may have had his vigor back. Showed me, he’s back quicker than I thought he would ever be back. […] If you follow the people around you that you trust and love, you know, when it goes against sometimes what you think at that moment, you’re more apt to be successful.”

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