With Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski set to have back surgery, concern abounds for the Blue Devils program. Having just begun their conference schedule, the Blue Devils can ill-afford to have a collapse without their legendary coach available to right the ship.
However, it appears the fast start the Devils are off to this season, 12-2, will be given consideration over games they might lose while Krzyzewski recovers.
Speaking in regard to news that “Coach K” would be needing back surgery and will miss at least four weeks while he recovers, an NCAA official said they will take into account the way the team performed when Krzyzewski was leading the team when determining seeding:
“This will absolutely be taken into account. We’re going to look at how the team performed when Coach K was coaching and when he wasn’t. Obviously if Duke wins all of their games it won’t matter, but if they don’t, this will be taken into consideration.”
In Krzyzewski’s absence, assistant coach Jeff Capel will take over head coaching duties. With previous coaching experience at VCU and OSU, Caple last held a head coaching position six years ago before joining to Duke as an assistant.
If Krzyzewski is indeed able to return after four weeks, he would miss seven ACC games and make his return on Fevruary 4th against Pitt.