The events of the last few days have set a very strange stage for Saturday's prime time game between Duke and Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. Both teams have faced very unfortunate circumstances of extremely different magnitudes, stemming from Wednesday night.
Zion Williamson's knee injury from the first minute of the game against North Carolina grabbed most of the headlines early Thursday. The projected No. 1 pick is day-to-day, but will miss Saturday's game at the Carrier Dome.
That same night, Syracuse beat Louisville at home. After the game, head coach Jim Boeheim was involved in a tragic car accident.
The Hall of Fame coach hit a man with his car, who had gotten out of the passenger side of a car onto the highway after a separate accident. 51-year old Syracuse resident Jorge Jimenez was declared dead at the hospital after the incident.
Syracuse police confirmed that Boeheim was fully cooperative, and was not speeding or under the influence of alcohol. He is not expected to face any charges as a result of the incident.
There was speculation that Jim Boeheim might not coach Syracuse against Duke, but SU has now confirmed that he will be on the sideline.
Athletic director John Wildhack put out a statement moments ago.
Via Chris Carlson of The Post-Standard:
"The Jimenez family has suffered a tremendous loss. Our community is shaken. The Boeheim family is heartbroken over what happened, as we all are. This is a very difficult time. I know that Coach Boeheim's players gain strength from him, just as he gains strength from his players. Our entire community gains strength from each other. With this in mind, and after thoughtful consideration, I have respectfully decided that Coach Boeheim will resume his coaching duties later today and will coach in tomorrow night's game against Duke. We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family as they continue to mourn this tragic loss."
Duke at Syracuse was set to be the site of College GameDay tomorrow, but ESPN has decided to pull the show in light of the tragedy in Syracuse on Wednesday night, and will instead do the show from Bristol.