One by one, the eight college coaches speak to the media Wednesday. The coach sits on a stage and the folks that ask the questions, newspaper guys and radio guys and TV guys, slouch in their folding chairs, stretch their legs and often walk out after deciding that (a) the coach has nothing to say or (b) it's time to fill another Styrofoam cup with free chips and peanuts.
But there's one exception, and that's Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. It's as if the substitute teacher has gone and the real teacher has returned.
The media folks sit up straight, speak in complete sentences, don't slouch when they stand against the wall, tuck in their shirts, suck in their guts, react to every word as if it's essential and, for the first time in five hours, do not think about peanuts and chips.
Wonder if officials are similarly influenced?