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Coach K Awarded High Honor

 Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the USA Basketball National team, speaks to the media following a USA basketall training session at Quest MultiSport Complex on August 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the USA Basketball National team, speaks to the media following a USA basketall training session at Quest MultiSport Complex on August 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois
Jonathan Daniel

On Tuesday, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was awarded the highest honor that the Army can give a civilian, the George Catlett Marshall Award.

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It's given every year to someone who has  " exhibited selfless service to the United States of America."

That's a really tremendous honor for anyone, but for someone like Krzyzewski, a West Point grad and a passionate patriot, it must really resonate.

It's also profound for anyone who appreciates the history behind it.

George Marshall was a remarkable man. A VMI grad, he entered the army and was soon sent to the Philippines, where, among other things, Americans first encountered jihad.

Obviously though what he's most remembered for, despite a tremendous military career, is the Marshall Plan he proposed as Harry Truman's Secretary of State.

We live in a diminished age and can scarcely conceive of that sort of greatness anymore, much less witness it. So you can imagine how much it must affect Krzyzewski.