Duke's basketball coach provides 'bright spot' for fallen sailor's family

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski claps during an NCAA college basketball game. The celebrated coach made an inspirational phone call to the bedside of Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith while he fought for his life at Erlanger hospital.

As Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith fought for his life at Erlanger hospital, the floor stayed busy with military officials and politicians who came to pay respects.

But none could provide the same role a coach could.

As Gov. Bill Haslam passed by the window, Smith's wife, Angie, flagged him down.

There is something you can do, she told the governor: Find Coach K.

photo U.S. Navy Petty Officer Randall Smith has died, after being shot in Chattanooga, Tenn., on July 16, 2015.


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Mike Krzyzewski, legendary coach of the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team for more than 35 years, was Smith's hero.