Coach K cleared by doctors, returns to direct Thursday practice

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 07:22 PM

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski supervised Blue Devil practice as usual Thursday even though he was examined at Duke University Hospital less than 24 hours earlier after suffering bouts of dizziness.

Duke athletics department spokesman Jon Jackson said Krzyzewski was at the practice, which began at 3:15 p.m.

The 67-year-old Krzyzewski felt dizzy and lightheaded during Duke’s 82-72 loss to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on Wednesday night. During a timeout early in the second half, Krzyzewski fell to a knee due to the dizziness.

But by Thursday, after resting at home, Krzyzewski was back with the No. 4-ranked Blue Devils in preparation for their game with rival No. 14 North Carolina on Saturday night (9 p.m., ESPN) at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

When Krzyzewski became dizzy during the timeout at Wake Forest, Duke head athletic trainer Jose Fonseca helped him back to the bench and stood by the Hall of Fame coach to ensure he was stable.

Krzyzewski continued coaching the Blue Devils, never leaving the bench until the game was over.

Duke athletics director Kevin White, who was sitting behind Duke’s bench, saw the incident happen during the timeout. He left his seat to check with Fonseca during the game to stay abreast of Krzyzewski’s health.

Once the game was over, Krzyzewski received treatment from the Duke medical staff, including a team physician, in the visiting locker room at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Duke associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski took Krzyzewski’s place at the post-game news conference.

“He has not been ill,” Wojciechowski said after the game. “He’s actually in as good a shape as can be. I just think the emotion of the game, obviously we weren’t playing as well as we needed and there was a great emotional investment into the game. Maybe the emotion got the better of him. But we expect a full recovery.”

Krzyzewski walked out of the locker room and the arena under his own power. He rode to Durham in a car with White and was taken to Duke Hospital where he underwent testing. After getting the results of those tests, the doctors at Duke released him and he returned home.

A statement from Duke’s athletics department, sent out around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, said Krzyzewski’s condition had improved “considerably.”

This is not Krzyzewski’s first bout with a dizzy spell during a game. In February 2005 during a game with Georgia Tech at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Krzyzewski fell to the court on the sideline and remained there for a few seconds because of a dizzy spell.

At that time, he said he had an upper respiratory infection but that he sometimes got lightheaded or dizzy.