Jim Boeheim will coach against Duke Saturday; Williamson expected to sit

Boeheim Fatal Accident Basketball

FILE - In this March 15, 2018, file photo, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim watches during a practice for an NCAA men's college basketball tournament first-round game, in Detroit. Police say Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a 51-year-old man walking outside his vehicle on a highway near Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)


Sports Writer

Friday, February 22, 2019

Longtime Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim will coach against Duke on Saturday night, Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack announced via an emailed statement on Friday afternoon. 

Boeheim, whose Orange will host the Blue Devils at 6 p.m., struck and killed a 51-year-old man named Jorge Jimenez on an interstate highway on Wednesday night outside of Syracuse. 

Jimenez’s car had skidded into a guardrail after driving over a patch of ice, according to a police report. Boeheim struck the man in an attempt to avoid the disabled car. 

Boeheim was not drinking or speeding, said police, and no charges are expected to be pressed. 

“The Boeheim family is heartbroken over what happened, as we all are. This is a very difficult time. I know that Coach Boeheim’s players gain strength from him, just as he gains strength from his players,” wrote Wildhack in the prepared statement. “Our entire community gains strength from each other. With this in mind, and after thoughtful consideration, I have respectfully decided that Coach Boeheim will resume his coaching duties later today and will coach in tomorrow night’s game against Duke.” 

Syracuse is coming off a victory over Louisville on Wednesday, while Duke will likely be playing its first game without Zion Williamson, who suffered a grade 1 right knee sprain in the opening minute of an 88-72 loss to North Carolina. 

Report: Williamson won’t play Saturday

According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Zion Williamson will not play in Saturday’s game against Syracuse. Goodman reported this late Friday afternoon.