During a particularly tense moment during Monday night's game against N.C. State, Coach K took his blazer off, a common sign that winning is going to take a big effort. It stayed off the rest of the game.
His tie stayed on, of course, which is another story.
"This a great story about this tie," Krzyzewski said after the game. "This is an amazing story about this tie."
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Will Howell is 20 years old and has cerebral palsy. Howell lives in Georgia and started a business called "WillPower Ties." Krzyzewski said last Friday he got a package from WillPower with one of their specially-designed ties, called "The Coach K." Howell is a big Duke fan.
Here it is! Coach “K” is wearing his namesake tie - “The Coach K”!! Thank you @DukeMBB and everyone who helped get the word to Will’s all-time favorite coach. This is what we like to call #TiesWithAPurpose. #GODUKE! pic.twitter.com/UpcXoM6FEw— WillPower Ties (@WillPowerTies) March 3, 2020
Krzyzewski sported the tie as Duke ran away from State in the second half en route to an 88-69 victory.
"I know he watched tonight and I'm sure he said said 'Mom, we won because Coach K wore (the tie)," Krzyzewski joked. "So, I don't know if we should wear it again on Saturday."
The Blue Devils face arch-rival North Carolina in the regular-season finale this weekend.