1999: The exodus of talent from Durham continues when guard William Avery leaves Duke after his sophomore season, breaking a promise to Krzyzewski to stay one more year. Coach K doesn’t take it well. In an ESPN the Magazine piece, Curry Kirkpatrick writes that Krzyzewski told Avery's mother Terry Simonton, "Your son is going to fuck my program." For her part, Simonton claims that Krzyzewski “lied to us about where William would go in the draft.” (Later, Simonton partly recants, saying that Coach K never cursed in front of her.)
2000: After leaving Duke, former star Corey Maggette admits to accepting thousands of dollars from summer-league coach Myron Piggie. Though such payments would presumably have made Maggette ineligible, the NCAA declines to strip Duke of its Final Four appearance. The Blue Devils, in fact, aren’t punished at all. This undoubtedly confuses John Calipari.
2001: Duke’s run to the national title is abetted by typically Blue Devil-friendly officiating. In the NCAA final against Arizona, the refs refuse to blow the whistle on star Duke guard Jason Williams. (By the unofficial count of the Washington Times’ Tom Knott, Williams ends the night with seven fouls.) "I think in any sport there's a tendency at times to blame something that shouldn't be blamed," Krzyzewski says, taking a brief break from working the refs to pooh-pooh the zebras’ ardor for the Devils.