Durham, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Duke announced that head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, who suffered a bout with lightheadedness during the Blue Devils’ match against Wake Forest, has been sent home Thursday morning after undergoing precautionary tests.
“Following the contest, he was examined by Duke medical personnel on site and again at Duke University Hospital for precautionary tests upon returning to Durham,” the university said in a statement.
“His symptoms and condition have improved considerably, and Coach Krzyzewski was sent home during the early morning hours on Thursday,” the school added.
During an early second half timeout, Krzyzewski had a bout with dizziness and lightheadedness, which forced him to take a knee.
Head trainer Jose Fonseca rushed over to him, and athletic director Kevin White stood up in the stands behind the bench, monitoring the situation.
Krzyzewski, more subdued than usual, finished coaching the game, but the lightheadedness and dizziness persisted. The Blue Devils lost the game, 82-72.
He was advised by Duke’s medical staff to skip the post-game press conference, and assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski spoke in his place.
“He has not been ill,” Wojciechowski said. “He has not been ill; he’s actually in as good of shape as can be. Just the emotion of the game, obviously we weren’t playing as well as we needed, and there’s a great emotional investment into the game.”
Foul trouble plagued Duke’s most productive players – Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood and Marshall Plumlee – for most of the game.
Parker played with more emotion than he has in any other game this year, getting visibly upset after Amile Jefferson couldn’t handle a second-half pass under the basket. Parker finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added 10 rebounds.