Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and WDRB's Rick Bozich talked college basketball in an interview that will air on SiriusXM radio Thursday night.
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The treats arrived at my hotel room in Evanston, Ill., about 9 p.m. on Jan. 17, 1975, the evening before the top-ranked Indiana University basketball team played Northwestern.
In those days Indiana coach Bob Knight allowed the student newspaper reporter to travel with his team, and bed-check was punctuated with a plate of brownies and a glass of milk (pre-protein shake era).
Except these weren't hotel or grocery store brownies. They were made by Emily Krzyzewski.
Her son, Mike, was a graduate assistant coach for that IU team. He played for Knight at West Point. The family was based in Chicago. So whenever Mike was in town, she made certain everybody had treats – and Coach K made certain that included the student newspaper reporter as well as Quinn Buckner, Scott May, Kent Benson and the IU players.
I'm not certain I've had the opportunity to properly thank Coach K for the brownies – until this week.
Coach K's weekly radio show on Sirius/XM, called "Basketball and Beyond," resumes Thursday at 6 p.m. His primary guest is former Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan.
It's a sure sign that college basketball season will begin moments after the World Series ends. Krzyzewski asked me to join him for a 12-minute talk about basketball in Kentuckiana, which remains a national hot spot with Kentucky and Louisville certain to start the season ranked in the top five.
We talked about UK, U of L and Indiana, the passion for the game in this area and the changes that have washed over college basketball in the last three decades. If you're a Sirius/XM subscriber, you can listen on Thursday at Channel 91. The show is also available on-line for subscribers at www.siriusxm.com/player. My interview is scheduled to begin around 6:40 p.m.
"My Mom treated Coach Knight better than me," Krzyzewski said. "She would always have stuff ready."
What I remember is that the brownies were delicious. And I thanked Coach K for that.
*Some interesting numbers from the folks at FoxSports:
Which college program has the most running backs in the NFL?
My first guess was Alabama? That was wrong. USC? Also wrong.
The answer is California – with five. The Bears also lead the NFL with the most former players at center – four.
The position breakdown by college is also dominated by Louisiana State. There are seven former LSU players at defensive tackle in the NFL and 11 at defensive back.
*Before he became one of the absolute best radio play-by-play men in the major leagues, John Rooney called the games for the Louisville Redbirds at old Cardinal Stadium.
Rooney worked here for two seasons before he got the promotion to the big leagues. He started with the Minnesota Twins and then moved to the Chicago White Sox. A Missouri native, Rooney returned home to the job of his dreams in 2006. He moved into the St. Louis Cardinals' radio booth with Mike Shannon.
The Cardinals, of course, are playing Boston in the 2013 World Series, which is televised on WDRB, Channel 41.
One day Rooney will be awarded the Ford Frick Award, which is presented to announcers inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. If the Cardinals win the World Series, Rooney will add another credential to his resume: It will be his fifth World Series ring.
He called games for the Twins in 1987, the White Sox in 2005 and the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011. This will be one for the thumb.