Duke asks Durham to support ‘Coach K Highway’ for retired Duke basketball coach

The route to Duke basketball games could soon take Cameron Crazies along “Coach K Highway.”

Duke University has asked that a portion of N.C. Highway 751 be renamed in honor of longtime men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Krzyzewski spent 42 seasons at Duke and won five national titles before retiring last year.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski walks out to the court with the Blue Devils’ National Championship banners in the background in 2015.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski walks out to the court with the Blue Devils’ National Championship banners in the background in 2015.

The three-mile section of N.C. 751 under consideration is between Duke University Road and Kerley Road. Also named Cameron Boulevard, it passes near Cameron Indoor Stadium and through Duke Forest.

The Durham City Council will vote on a resolution in support of the renaming at its Dec. 19 meeting.

The resolution, if unanimous, will kickstart an application to the state Department of Transportation. The NCDOT board gets the final say.

Duke agreed to pay the $2,000 that new signs are expected to cost.

Duke’s rival UNC succeeded last year in getting two stretches of Interstate 40 renamed for legendary basketball coaches Roy Williams and Dean Smith.

In this April 2, 1991, file photo, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski finishes the traditional net cutting in the Indianapolis Hoosier Dome after Duke defeated Kansas 72-65 in the NCAA Final Four championship game. Recouping from a 30-point loss in the previous year’s NCAA championship game, Duke beat top-ranked UNLV and then Kansas to win the championship for the first time.
In this April 2, 1991, file photo, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski finishes the traditional net cutting in the Indianapolis Hoosier Dome after Duke defeated Kansas 72-65 in the NCAA Final Four championship game. Recouping from a 30-point loss in the previous year’s NCAA championship game, Duke beat top-ranked UNLV and then Kansas to win the championship for the first time.