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Reigning national champions to visit White House Tuesday

Mike Krzyzewski

Mike Krzyzewski


One of the perks that comes with winning a major championship in the United States is the opportunity to visit the President at the White House, and Friday it was announced that the Duke Blue Devils will get to do so on Tuesday. This will be the fifth time that Duke has visited the White House as national champions, with Mike Krzyzewski having led the program to national titles in 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010 prior to this past April.

President Barack Obama extended the invitation in a phone call to Krzyzewski just after the Blue Devils defeated Wisconsin in the national title game. The president praised Duke for its play throughout the tournament while also noting the youth of a squad that included freshmen Tyus Jones (Final Four Most Outstanding Player), Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow.

During Duke’s last visit to the White House, Krzyzewski presented President Obama with a framed copy of the 2010 tournament bracket in response to his picking rival North Carolina to win the tournament in 2009 (which proved to be correct).