The coach Don Meyer passed to become the winningest coach in NCAA men's basketball could see another legendary coach pass his record.
Duke University's Mike Krzyzewski is tied with Bobby Knight in the all-time win column. But both records reflect Knight in a way as he once coached Krzyzewski.
Meyer, who knows both men, calls it a privilege to see former players succeed in coaching. Reminders of his successful career coaching college basketball sit in trophy cases at Northern State University. Meyer is more proud of success showcased elsewhere.
"We've got a lot of guys that have been very successful coaching and not just coaching the game but teaching kids how to live their lives and I think that's important," Meyer said.
And Meyer is sure Knight is happy to see his former player reach the level of success coaching that he has. Meyer has encouraged his own players to learn from both coaches.
"Those two guys I think are, they both love to teach. And that's what made them special; they're great teachers and they enjoy teaching," Meyer said.
And their records prove they know what they're doing. If Meyer were to get to see one of his players pass his record…
"They were coached by an idiot so they're not going to do anything," Meyer said laughing. "No, I tell you it is a great pleasure for me to see how many of our guys have gone into coaching and are really good coaches."
In fact, he can list colleges with a bulk of their coaching staff made up of former Northern players. He says it's nice for a coach to see leadership gained through a program carried on after they've left it.
Meyer had worked with Krzyzewski in his earlier years and says he has to admit now he didn't think the coach would make it at Duke. He also says it’s quite an accomplishment to accumulate such a large number of wins in Division 1 basketball because of all the pressure involved.