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Jay Williams: Jim Boeheim Coaching Tonight's Duke-Syracuse Game Is A "Mistake"

Jim Boeheim looks on from the sideline for Syracuse.

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 14: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange reacts in the first half against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the First Four of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 14, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was involved in a deadly car accident. Boeheim and his wife were driving home when they struck and killed a 51-year-old man who had exited his vehicle after an accident on the highway.

Just days after being involved in the accident, Boeheim plans to coach the Orange tonight against Duke. Syracuse announced Boeheim will be on the sideline tonight in a huge ACC clash against the Blue Devils.

ESPN College GameDay analyst Jay Williams thinks that's a mistake. On this morning's show, Williams suggested Boeheim should take time off for his mental health following the accident.

Here's what he had to say, via 247Sports.

"With respect to John Wildhack, who is the athletic director who was once here at ESPN, and Jim Boeheim for their decision for him to coach, I think it's a mistake.

Mental health is very important within our society right now, and I think when you go through something as tragic as an experience that the family went through, and that Jim went through, I've seen the issue before where people make the mistake of burying their head and suppressing themselves to their work. I do not think that is the answer."

Williams, a Duke alum, said he doesn't think Syracuse will get the "best version" of Boeheim tonight.

College GameDay was scheduled to broadcast from Syracuse before the game, but changed locations in light of the accident.

Syracuse and Duke tip off tonight at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.