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When former Duke standout Bobby Hurley was recently hired as Arizona State’s new head basketball coach, his dad made the following comment: “The thing he probably learned from Mike Krzyzewski more than anything else is the daily communication with the college athlete…They’re comfortable coming in (to his office) when they have a problem. They can keep the air clear all the time so there are no individual problems.”

When athletes “keep the air clear” and don’t bottle-up their problems they’ll perform close to their skill levels on a consistent basis. But if they do bottle-up their problems it’s a form of lying that not only affects how they feel about themselves but also their ability to focus. That’s why open communication between players and coaches is so essential if a team is to be successful.

One last point about Coach Hurley. His Sun Devils should be competing for the national title within a three or four year period. Because of his relationship with Coach K he’ll probably be on the receiving end of a direct pipeline with Coach K sending him his overflow of championship caliber athletes for whom he doesn’t have scholarships.

When Louisville’s Kevin Ware broke his leg in the game against Duke, and kept telling his teammates “Just win the game, just win the game,” it was much like when Knute Rockne told his players to “win one for the Gipper” or Babe Ruth telling a young man in a hospital bed that he was going to hit two home runs for him. I call this “Excelling for a Higher Order” – and Louisville’s win over Duke was an excellent example.

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