Breaking news from the world of college basketball: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is taking a leave of absence to have back surgery. The surgery — to remove a fragment of a herniated disk in his lower back — will take place on Friday and has an estimated recovery time of at least four weeks. Duke assistant Jeff Capel will coach the team in his absence.
Coach K has had back issues dating back 1995, when he had back surgery and stepped away for the remainder of the season. At the time, Duke was 9-3 overall, and 0-1 in ACC play and the Blue Devils went 4-15 the rest of the season. Similarly, Duke is 12-2 overall right now, 0-1 in ACC play, and are dealing with their own myriad of problems, such as Grayson Allen’s indefinite suspension for tripping a player and reported chemistry issues.
Best of luck to Coach K in his recovery; how will Duke do without him?