One of our readers followed our advice and wrote Gerry Fraley about his error, and received this response:
Thanks for the note.
I was wrong in the timing of the request, and we will make a correction.
That does not change the spirit of the move. Nothing happens at Duke without Krzyzewski's approval. He wanted the record pinned on Pete Gaudet for obvious reasons.
Indeed, the reasons why Pete Gaudet would have been assigned the records are obvious: Historical precedent!
We've taken a look back at previous situations that are similar. (And we thank Peter Schwaller for doing a good bit of the research!) We've found six instances where a head coach was forced to miss the remainder of the season following an illness or injury, prior to Coach K's missing the season with a back injury, and in every case but one, the interim coach was given credit for the games. Chronologically:
Perhaps being the most recent incident, the Utah situation with Majerus may have been on the minds of the Duke Atheltic Department when the decision was made that Pete Gaudet would receive credit for the games he coached, and the resultant record. While it may have been expected to be a down year, no one (except, perhaps, Gerry Fraley) expected the team to collapse the way it did.
It should be noted that since 1995, Rick Majerus also missed all but one game of the 2001 season. Dick Hunsacker was given credit for an 18-12 season, with Majerus going 1-0.