Coach K has made no secret of his Republican leanings. Still, he's always been cautious about being overtly political in public. He took a rather significant departure from that tradition when he criticized the U.S. approach to combating ISIS.
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Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army conference last month, Coach K said this:
"I know it's upsetting to many of you when you hear 'no boots on the ground.' It upsets me too, because that's like saying I'm not going to play two of my best players. Because that's what you are trained to do. And for decades and decades, the fact that we are a free country and we don't play home games here is a result of having boots on the ground. That's the problem. It's about letting your opponent know we are going to use our best players," he said. "And whether we use them or not, that's up to the coach. You never tell your opponent you are not going to use [them], like I'm not going to play Grant Hill, J.J. Redick, [Christian] Laettner."