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Krzyzewski takes a leave of absence

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is taking a leave of absence. He’s been dealing with back issues. 

According to ESPN, he’s going to coach Wednesday’s game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Then, he’ll step away for an indefinite time. 

Mike Krzyzewski (Getty Images)

Mike Krzyzewski (Getty Images)

“His back has been bothering him way worse than he’s let on,” the source told ESPN. “The plan is for him to be back at some point this year.”

He’s expected to have back surgery and miss about a month.

He’s previously had to take a leave in 1995 due to back problems. He had surgery in Oct., then returned in Jan. 1996. The team was 9-8 at the time but was 0-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference play. 

The 69-year-old had knee surgery in the off-season in April. He did not coach in the Yellow Jackets game last year after feeling under the weather and went to the hospital for tests. 

He led the Blue Devils to five national titles. The team was ranked No. 1 in the preseason. 

They lost their last game on Dec. 31 to the Virginia Tech Hokies. Duke, No. 5, lost 89-75.

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