Coach K to miss Wake game with non-COVID illness

Coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer will lead the Blue Devils against the Deacons in Coach K's absence

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski coaches his team during a game earlier this season (Gerry Broome / AP Photo)

Mike Krzyzewski won’t make his final coaching appearance at Wake Forest’s Joel Coliseum tonight after all.

Duke’s Hall of Fame coach, who is in his farewell season, will sit out his team’s game against the Deacons because of what is being termed a “non-COVID related virus,” according to a statement from the school’s athletic communications office.

Associate head coach Jon Scheyer will serve as acting coach for the eight-ranked Blue Devils in Krzyzewski’s absence. Scheyer has been named to succeed Krzyzewski as head coach when the 74-year-old retires at the end of ths season.

This isn’t the first time Scheyer has had to fill in for Coach K. Last January, he led the team to an 83-82 win against Boston College at Cameron Indoor Stadium while Krzyzewski was in quarantine for COVID exposure after his daughter and granddaughter tested positive.

Duke recently had two games postponed because of a COVID outbreak among its roster following the Christmas break.

The Blue Devils (12-2, 2-1 ACC) are scheduled to take on Wake (13-3, 3-2) in a key conference matchup at 7 p.m., with television coverage on ACC Network.