Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel fills in for Coach K in 2016
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski did not travel with the Blue Devils for Tuesday night’s 80-71 win at Georgia Tech. The team announced his absence about 90 minutes before the game.
Assistant coach Jeff Capel, previously the head coach at VCU and Oklahoma, led the Blue Devils (16-6, 5-4 ACC) over the Yellow Jackets (12-10, 2-7).
“After the team meal last evening, he was feeling under the weather and stayed back in Durham, where he was evaluated at Duke University Hospital and directed by his doctors to remain home,” the school said of Krzyzewski in a statement. “Coach Krzyzewski is expected to return to the team soon.”
Krzyzewski coached the team in Monday morning’s practice and spoke on the ACC teleconference at noon before getting sick later in the day. He did not travel with the team to Atlanta on Monday night and told Capel on Tuesday morning that he was not coming at all.
A Duke source said Krzyzewski, who turns 69 on Feb. 13, was expected back for Saturday’s home game against N.C. State.
This is the first time Krzyzewski has not traveled with the team since missing the last 19 games of the 1994-95 season with a back injury. That was the most recent year Duke did not make the NCAA tournament.
During a March 2014 loss at Wake Forest, Krzyzewski suffered a bout of dizziness in the second half and did not attend the post game press conference. He was checked out at Duke hospital later that evening and did not miss any games.