Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski Bans Players From The Locker Room

Ford Springer | Contributor

Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has banned his players from using the locker room and wearing any Duke Blue Devils apparel because the team is not “living up to the standards of the Duke Program,” ESPN reports.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski and asociate head coach Jeff Capel of the Duke Blue Devils watch their team during the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 4, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Krzyzewski is on a leave of absence recovering from back surgery. Since leaving the team to Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel, the Blue Devils have lost three games and won just two.

Krzyzewski held a meeting with his players at his house Tuesday night where he informed them of the restrictions, ESPN reports.

“He wasn’t happy,” a source close to the situation told ESPN. “Especially after the loss to NC State.”

Dennis Smith Jr. #4 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack drives in for a dunk as time expires during their win against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 23, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina State won 84-82. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Before their game on Monday night, Duke hadn’t lost a basketball game on their home floor to NC State since 1995.

Apparently, Krzyzewski has used similar bans with his teams that have disappointed him on the hardwood in the past. As for how long the locker room/apparel ban will last this time, a source close to the program said: “Until they start living up to the standards of the Duke Program.”

Duke came into the 2016 season with the highest expectation possible ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25. Now the Blue Devils have a 15-5 record and rank No. 17 in the NCAA but are 9th in the ACC rankings with a 3-4 record in the conference.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils watches on against the Tennessee State Tigers during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 19, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Clearly Krzyzewski isn’t pleased with the way things are going in his absence. Acting head coach Jeff Capel didn’t have much to say about the disciplinary measures, but said it’s “disappointing when stuff that’s supposed to stay in the locker room gets out.”

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