Coach K to take leave of absence


Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is taking a leave of absence to undergo lower back surgery, the school announced on Monday. Associate head coach Jeff Capel will take over in his absence.

According to a Duke release, recovery time is estimated to take up to four weeks.

“Dr. William Richardson, Dr. Friedman, and our medical team have worked tirelessly to help manage this issue for several weeks,” said Krzyzewski. “Together, we have determined that surgery is the best course of action at this time. During my recovery process, the team will be in the capable hands of Coach Capel, Coach James and Coach Scheyer. As soon as the doctors clear me to do so, I look forward to returning and giving our team 100% of my energy and attention, which is certainly something that they deserve.”

“To be sure, the entire Duke community is supportive and eager to get Mike back as soon as possible,” said Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White. “His health is paramount, and he will get the best possible care in the world by the Duke medical team. With the proper recovery time, we look forward to Mike doing what he does best — leading and teaching — very soon.”

Krzyzewski will miss his first game on Saturday, when Duke plays a home game against Boston College. The 12-2 Blue Devils will host Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

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