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Coach K to miss Duke men's basketball's matchup with Florida State due to potential COVID-19 exposure

Coach K said it was "tough to explain" some of his team's turnovers Saturday.
Coach K said it was "tough to explain" some of his team's turnovers Saturday.

Duke will be without head coach Mike Krzyzewski against Florida State.

Per a team press release, Krzyzewski will have to observe the “standard quarantine protocol" after being exposed to COVID-19 from an individual not in Duke's travel party who tested positive.

Krzyzewski did not make the trip to Tallahassee, Fla., and associate head coach Jon Scheyer will serve as the acting head coach in Krzyzewski’s absence.

The last time the Blue Devils have had to take the court without Krzyzewski at the helm was in the 2016-17 season, when Coach K was forced to take time off coaching for back surgery. At the time, former Duke associate head coach and current Pittsburgh head coach Jeff Capel served as head coach.

This stint without Krzyzewski will be the first time Scheyer takes over as Duke's head coach. At this point, it remains to be seen whether Scheyer will have to fill in for Krzyzewski's in the Blue Devils' Jan. 6 matchup against Boston College in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

This news comes exactly one week after the Duke women's basketball program decided to cancel the remainder of its season amid COVID-19 concerns, and a little more than three weeks since Krzyzewski went viral with his thoughts on playing college basketball during the pandemic.

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