DURHAM, N.C. – On Thursday, August 22, the night ESPN launches the new ACC Network, an in-depth documentary focused on Duke Basketball’s heralded 1982 recruiting class will debut at 9 p.m. ET on the network.
The Class That Saved Coach K is a 90-minute documentary that tells the story of Duke Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski, and how his 1982 recruiting class overcame a bumpy start to change the narrative — turning the Blue Devils around and setting its coach on an historic course.
Members of that class, including Mark Alarie, Jay Bilas, Johnny Dawkins and David Henderson, along with the Hall of Fame coach, recall the extraordinary beginning of Duke’s journey to becoming college basketball’s gold standard. Bonus content, including stories and conversations from Coach K’s dinner with members of the 1986 team, will be featured in a 30-minute special, An Evening With The Class That Saved Coach K, that airs at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Owned and operated by ESPN in partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference, ACC Network (ACCN) is a new 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports launching on August 22, 2019. Approximately 450 live contests including 40 regular-season football games, 150 men’s and women’s basketball games, and 200 other regular-season competitions and tournament games from across the conference’s 27 sponsored sports will be televised annually, plus a complement of news and information shows and original programming. Together, the ACCN and its digital platform, ACC Network Extra (ACCNX), will feature 1,350 ACC events in its first year. ESPN has been televising ACC content since 1979 and has exclusive rights to every conference-controlled game across all sports and championships.
*Carriage agreements are also in place with the following video providers: DIRECTV, Google Fiber, Hulu Live TV, Optimum, PlayStation Vue, Suddenlink, Spectrum TV, TVision, Verizon Fios, members of the NCTC, NRTC, Vivicast and YouTube TV, among others. All ACCN games will also be available on the ESPN app to authenticated cable subscribers. Fans interested in learning more about ACCN can visit www.GetACCN.com.