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Coach K to miss Duke men's basketball's matchup against Boston College

Coach K will miss Wednesday's game against Boston College, and his status for Saturday's matchup against Wake Forest is in question.
Coach K will miss Wednesday's game against Boston College, and his status for Saturday's matchup against Wake Forest is in question.

Given no more last-minute postponements, Duke will take the floor Wednesday for the first time in three weeks.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski, however, will not.

Krzyzewski confirmed on the ACC's weekly teleconference Monday that he will miss the Blue Devils' upcoming matchup with Boston College due to quarantine guidelines after recently being exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. Krzyzewski also said in the teleconference that it was a family member who tested positive, and that he and his wife tested negative for COVID-19 Sunday but remain in quarantine.

Duke's head coach was originally going to miss the Blue Devils' scheduled matchup at Florida State this past Saturday before that game was postponed altogether due to positive COVID-19 cases within the Seminoles' program.

Krzyzewski said that he will be in quarantine "the rest of the week," and that his status for Duke's game against Wake Forest this upcoming Saturday at 12 p.m. is also in question.

"There are guidelines that the ACC put out as far as testing and quarantine and all that, but they're not rules.... For the quarantine, the guidelines say you might be able to stop it at seven days, but you have to go along with what the Duke health and your local health officials say," Krzyzewski said. "Right now they're saying 10 days, so I will not coach the Boston College game—obviously I'm involved as much as I can be. 

"And the noon start of the Wake Forest game is right at the end of the quarantine [period], and I'll have to get guidance. I hope that I'll be able to do that. We're gonna follow whatever the health officials say, and I have confidence in my team and my coaching staff. But I'd certainly like to be back by that game if they allow it."

Krzyzewski also confirmed that associate head coach Jon Scheyer will fill in as head coach in his absence, as Scheyer was going to do at Florida State had the game not been postponed.

"Well everyone's gonna coach," Krzyzewski said. "But Jon's gonna be the guy that'll do the Zoom after the game."

Coach K added some details as to how he's remained in communication with his assistant coaches and players while he's been in quarantine.

"I've had Zooms yesterday with my staff to go over Boston College, wrote out our practice plan, had a meeting with my staff this morning," Krzyzewski said Monday. "I'll be able to follow practice on Zoom....and then I'll have another meeting with my staff and I'll FaceTime with each of the players individually tonight, and do the best we can."

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