DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD)– After a sensational win against Clemson, Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski provided his acknowledgements on the death of a fellow colleague and good friend John Chaney.

Chaney handed down Friday, Jan. 29 at the age of 89. The university said he died after a brief, undefined disease. He commemorated his birthday last week.

Both he and Chaney belonged of the exact same Hall of Fame class.

Prior to the game, the whole Duke men’s basketball group held a moment of silence for the legendary coach.

” Our sport has actually lost some huge people just recently and [Chaney] was as big as any,” Krzyzewski said throughout the post-game news conference. “A lot of individuals do not realize, maturing, he was the very best player in Philadelphia and never ever was afforded the chance to play because of partition.”

Krzyzewski’s declarations come a day after the university released a declaration on the coach’s behalf on Twitter.

” He is definitely one of the finest coaches ever,” he stated. “He needed to work his way through all of that [segregation] prior to going through Temple … He needed to knock down a great deal of barriers.”

Kryzewzki kept in mind a number of Chaney’s battles for the rights of African-Americans particularly in the late 80s and 90s.

” When John Chaney spoke it was almost like you might feel there were other individuals he was talking about … it sent out chills through you.”