One of the biggest college basketball matchups this Saturday will be missing one of the biggest names in Zion Williamson, but one of the greatest coaches ever will be ready to go despite dealing with a horrifying incident this week.
Jim Boeheim will be on the sidelines for the Syracuse Orange tomorrow.
The team announced he will be coaching Saturday night against Duke after striking and killing a man with his car earlier this week.
Syracuse has announced that Jim Boeheim will coach against Duke on Saturday night. pic.twitter.com/HMCpMzrUR2— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) February 22, 2019
On Wednesday night Boeheim accidentally struck and killed a pedestrian walking on the side of interstate 690 after trying to swerve out of the way of an oncoming car. The oncoming car was in the middle of the road, and Boeheim had to take action to avoid a head on collision, unfortunately hitting the pedestrian by accident in the process.
The police have already ruled that Boeheim wasn't breaking the law in any way when the accident took place. Because of this, it's believed Boehiem won't be facing any legal troubles.
Jim Boeheim not expected to face legal ramifications after fatal accident. DA says Boeheim wasn’t drinking or speeding. https://t.co/Q80ij3s4t5— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) February 21, 2019
Boeheim has been Syracuse's coach since the 1976-1977 season, having coached them to a 1045-379 record over that time, with one NCAA tournament championship to his name.
Syracuse is in the midst of an 18-8 season, and while they have beaten Duke once already, taking down the college basketball goliath for a second time will be no easy doing.