January 27, 2017

Duke Banned From Wearing Team Gear After Coach K Calls Meeting at his Home

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Mike Krzyzewski is upset with Duke's effort in the past three losses.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is recovering from back surgery held a meeting at his house Tuesday night where he told players that they were temporarily kicked out of the locker room and also forbidden from wearing Blue Devils apparel, sources told ESPN.

Basically, act like a Dukie or you ain’t you ain’t a Dukie.

“He wasn’t happy,” said one source close to the situation. “Especially after the loss to NC State.”

When asked how long this would last, a source said: “Until they start living up to the standards of the Duke program.”

After the meeting, the players held a separate players-only meeting, a source told ESPN.

“He needs to do more than just take away their jerseys,” added another source close to the program. “There are bigger issues that need to be addressed.”

The Blue Devils lost to the Wolfpack, which was their third loss in the past four games for the team. They blew a late lead in the game that resulted in Duke’s first home loss to NC State since 1995. Duke was one of the preseason favorites to win the national title, but not so much now.

The Blue Devils are 2-3 overall since Krzyzewski took a leave of absence.

Duke will play at Wake Forest on Saturday.

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