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Coach K stepping aside to have back surgery, will be out at least four weeks

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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?


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11 Comments for Coach K stepping aside to have back surgery, will be out at least four weeks

  1. EdC
    12:31 pm January 2, 2017 Permalink

    I guess having to show some sportsmanship and actually USE his spine when suspending Grayson Allen was just a little too much.


    It will make a nice excuse for the media for the season and a great story for them hoping he is magical when he comes back.

  2. symphonist41169
    12:33 pm January 2, 2017 Permalink

    Hate to hear about anyone about to go under the knife, especially on your back. My question is this: If Capel loses a game or two in the coming couple of weeks will he have the authority to reinstate Allen or will Krzyshewlsvisloknjsjhky reserve that for when he returns?

  3. RexRox
    1:17 pm January 2, 2017 Permalink

    A lot going on with Duke lately. Don’t see them recovering sufficiently from Coach K’s time off, player injuries, young team and Grayson Allen’ boneheadedness to make a serious run at the title.

  4. UK Big Bored Update
    1:55 pm January 2, 2017 Permalink

    Deja vu all over again.

    Had Mike dealt with the tripping last year, Grayson Allen would be ithe natural leader of the team on and off the floor. I see Grayson Allen returning soon.

    It is time for Mike to retire. Number one recruiting class; NCAA banner expectations in 2017; time to pull out the old back surgery card again.

    Typical dookie move.

    This is why folks hate dook.

  5. Ken Grizzle
    3:34 pm January 2, 2017 Permalink

    A very well timed move by ratface. Assistant can bring back Allen therefore allowing K to save face and keep their losses to a minimum.

  6. doubledribble
    4:51 pm January 2, 2017 Permalink

    Is it true that Grayson Allen tripped Coach K to cause his back problems?

  7. 4everblue
    5:01 pm January 2, 2017 Permalink

    You think K got the breaks before the surgery, just wait until he returns.

  8. silverado
    6:06 pm January 2, 2017 Permalink

    Back surgeries are always dicey. Good luck, Coach!

  9. BMT
    7:24 pm January 2, 2017 Permalink

    Ouch. I had a disc herniation that resulted in a free fragment compressing the sciatic nerve. Talk about excruciating pain. Fortunately, I had a great neurosurgeon. Surgery was 30 minutes but full recovery took almost 9 months until I was completely asymptomatic. As much as I hate Duke, I can’t help but feel for bad for anybody who suffers from a back problem like that!

  10. Yev
    9:30 pm January 2, 2017 Permalink

    I hope that he has a successful surgery and has a full recovery. But with that being said, He had better petition the NCAA to remove any wins or losses like he did last time when he ducked behind his surgery to protect his winning percentage like a coward.