Wildhack says Boeheim will coach Saturday's game against Duke


Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim will coach in Saturday's game against Duke, three days after being involved in a fatal vehicle crash.

Boeheim coached on Saturday less than 72 hours after he fatally struck a pedestrian walking on the highway, 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez of Syracuse.

Jimenez was walking on Interstate 690 when he was struck by Boeheim's vehicle. Boeheim had swerved to avoid the disabled vehicle, which was resting perpendicular across two lanes.

No tickets have been issued to Boeheim at this time and the investigation is continuing. Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner said Thursday night at a news conference there was "no reason to believe that there are criminal charges that will be coming for anyone".

Field sobriety and alcohol-sensor tests administered to Boeheim at the scene of the accident came back negative for impairment, according to Syracuse police. Duke freshman RJ Barrett, who leads the team in scoring (23.1 points per game entering Saturday), utilized crafty inside moves to score a game-high 30 points.

Leaving aside the prevalent idea Williamson should shut himself down for the season, and prepare to be the presumptive first overall pick in June's National Basketball Association draft, the more immediate question is when might he return to action for Duke. Williamson told him: "Coach, I want to be with my guys". Authorities say Boeheim pulled out his cell phone to make sure other cars didn't hit the disabled vehicle. He got a chance to show off his range against Syracuse's 2-3 zone, too, taking five threes and knocking down two of them.

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The 74-year-old Boeheim was greeted by a loud ovation, taking the court shortly before tip-off. Without their best athlete and most impactful player, Duke simply couldn't keep pace with the Tar Heels, who shot better than 50 percent for the game.

The teams will tip off just after 6 p.m.in the Carrier Dome. Like the Blue Devils, the Hokies played on the road Saturday, visiting Notre Dame where they won 67-59.

The Blue Devils confirmed the injury was classified as a Grade 1 sprain but did not provide a detailed timeline for Williamson's return.

"This stretch, we've basically had one real day off in about seven weeks. I just can't, I can't describe it to you". It's one of those things.

"My decision to coach this game, all I can say is, I felt the responsibility and obligation to my players, the members of my basketball team", Boeheim added.