Boeheim will coach Syracuse’s game versus Duke after crash

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BLACKSBURG, VA – JANUARY 26: Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim reacts during the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cassell Coliseum on January 26, 2019 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Lauren Rakes/Getty Images)

Syracuse University men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim will resume his coaching duties for Saturday night’s game against Duke.

Boeheim took a step back from coaching following a deadly accident on I-690 earlier this week.

SU director of Athletics, John Wildhack, issued the following statement: 

The Jimenez family has suffered a tremendous loss. Our community is shaken. 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. 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.

We continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family as they continue to mourn this tragic loss.

Police said Boeheim struck and killed a man on 690 after the Orange’s game against Louisville on Wednesday. Officers said that the man was in another vehicle that was involved in a separate crash that left the vehicle disabled in the middle of the highway.

Investigators say the man got out of his vehicle as Boeheim was passing by and was hit.

After the crash, police said Boeheim stopped and attempted to flag down other vehicles to prevent another crash.

The victim, 51-year-old Jorge Jiminez, was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Prosecutors said Thursday that Boeheim acted appropriately and likely wouldn’t face any charges or penalties in the tragic accident.

Cuse’s game against Duke will tip off at 6 p.m. at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Duke will be without their star freshman Zion Williamson after he suffered an injury in a game against UNC this week.

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