Despite difficult early years, the Duke basketball coach reached victory number 903 on Nov. 15, passing Bob Knight for the NCAA Division I men's record.
What loss still haunts you?
MIKE KRZYZEWSKI: At the end of my third year, when we lost 109--66 to Ralph Sampson and Virginia in the ACC tournament. There were a lot of people who wanted me fired—a lot of our money givers.
In today's world you might not have made it to a fourth season.
MK: No question about it. After my third season here, my eighth year coaching [at Duke and Army], I was 111--106. The prospects of a stellar coaching career were not very bright.
Of the 903 wins, which one are you most proud of?
MK: In 1986 when we won our first regular-season ACC championship in Cameron on Senior Day with the class of kids who have been the model for our program—[Johnny] Dawkins, [Mark] Alarie, [Jay] Bilas and David Henderson.
Who was the most important player— not your favorite—during your tenure.