The headline at foxnews.com read:
Duke Coach to Obama: Worry About the Economy, Not NCAA PicksThe problem with the headline and its implication that Coach K was lecturing President Obama for misplaced priorities, however a fuller quote which appeared on the ABC NEWS website puts what the coach said in its proper context:
Reacting to news Obama picked North Carolina to win the NCAA Championship, Mike Krzyzewski says, "the economy is something that [the president] should focus on, probably more than the brackets."
"Somebody said that we're not in President Obama's Final Four," Krzyzewski said from the Blue Devils' first-round site in Greensboro, N.C. "And as much as I respect what he's doing, really, the economy is something that he should focus on, probably more than the brackets."The president, not taking the bait, laughed off any suggestion that there is any real tension between him and Coach K during an interview with Ed Shultz
The coach said, in referring to the president's picks, "Why would I care about that? I love the guy, and I think he's gonna be great."
"Coach K, I think, is a great coach. And you know, Reggie Love, my assistant, played for Coach K. And so it's not surprising. I didn't pick him to go to the finals. Look he's a competitive guy, I just don't think they've got the inside game to go all the way. But I look forward to him proving me wrong," the president said.No matter which way you cut it "controversy" is manufactured.