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USA Basketball seeks move out of Colorado Springs, as Coach K notes

By: matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com
May 24, 2013 Updated: May 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm
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photo - Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, holds a Team USA jersey, as he is flanked by school President Richard Broadhead, left, and Director of Athletics Kevin White at a news conference in Durham, N.C., Thursday, May 23 2013. Krzyzewski is back as the U.S. men's national team coach and ready for another run at Olympic gold. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein)  MANDATORY CREDIT
Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, holds a Team USA jersey, as he is flanked by school President Richard Broadhead, left, and Director of Athletics Kevin White at a news conference in Durham, N.C., Thursday, May 23 2013. Krzyzewski is back as the U.S. men's national team coach and ready for another run at Olympic gold. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein) MANDATORY CREDIT 

The desire for USA Basketball to move its offices out of Colorado Springs is going strong.

During Thursday's press conference announcing the return of Mike Krzyzewski as the men's national team's coach through the 2016 Olympics, Krzyzewski said the organization that has been in Colorado Springs since 1979 intends to move.

"I think in the near future you're going to hear announcements about moving USA Basketball and it's going to be a big complex in another part of the country," Krzyzewski said.

"I don't think I'm at liberty to say exactly where yet and what they're doing," he said. "But in the next four years or so, there's going to be major, major progress in that regard, which will give facilities necessary to maybe take on a bigger role in coordinating everything that goes on in our country basketball-wise."

The coach's statement comes less than three years after a deal to move to Glendale, Ariz., fell apart. That deal came to fruition after USA Basketball solicited possible locations in 2007.

Glendale was chosen by a committee that included former Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo, who is now the USA Basketball chairman. The Glendale project was to include a training complex, a sports medical clinic, a hotel and administrative offices.

Craig Miller, a spokesman for the organization, said the push for a grass roots program has fueled the talks about moving.

"It's an open door," Miller said.

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