Resolved: Blue Devils are No. 1
Posted May 19, 2015 4:01 a.m. EDT
Updated May 19, 2015 8:01 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his Duke University men's basketball team returned to the North Carolina Legislative Building on Tuesday so that lawmakers could celebrate their latest NCAA title.
The House and the Senate held a special joint session to visit with the Blue Devils coach and his staff. The legislature also passed a resolution honoring Duke's 68-63 victory over Wisconsin in the national title game in Indianapolis last month.
The victory marked Duke's fifth national title, all under Krzyzewski. The legislature also feted Duke after its last title in 2010.
Krzyzewski took the opportunity to urge lawmakers to prioritize teachers and school funding.
"We need to be a standard not just in basketball, where we can say there are 10 national championships in three decades. That's a cool thing. The coolest thing that we could say is that we lead this country in our efforts to improve the education of our youngsters," he said.
Other sports teams honored in person by lawmakers for championships in past years included the University of North Carolina men's basketball team and the Carolina Hurricanes.