Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will undergo surgery and could miss up to four weeks.
Mike Krzyzewski is expected to undergo surgery on Jan. 6 and could miss up to four weeks. According to Duke’s official website, Krzyzewski will undergo a lower back surgery to repair a fragment of a herniated disc.
Associate head coach Jeff Capel will take over head coaching duties.
NEWS: Coach K to have lower back surgery. Jeff Capel to coach the team in his absence.
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) January 2, 2017
The longtime Duke head coach released the following statement about the surgery and the team’s plans during his absence:
“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.”
It is unknown how long Krzyzewski will miss, but the recovery time for his surgery could be up to four weeks. He also missed a game last season due to health reasons and most notably sat out a large chunk of the 1994-95 season because of back problems.
This is a huge blow for the Blue Devils, who opened conference play with a loss to Virginia Tech.