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Editor Devotes Column To Krzyzewski’s Criticism

John Drescher, the executive editor of The (Raleigh) News & Observer, is probably a bigger sports fan than most of his counterparts at the top of mastheads across the country. He has tickets to N.C. State basketball games, tries to take in games in Cameron Indoor Stadium whenever he can and self-deprecatingly says that “it’s probably not a good sign when you’ve read more John Feinstein books than books by Ernest Hemingway.” It’s also fortuitous that such a sports nut is the editor of the Triangle’s largest and most influential newspaper, because he is far from naive about the impact of athletics on the area.

And he’s certainly not one to dismiss press criticism from perhaps the most prominent figure in the area, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who blasted local newspapers Jan. 7 after he was displeased that no media outlet printed a story about his Blue Devils jumping to No. 2 in the rankings.

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