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Days after fatal accident, Jim Boeheim will coach Syracuse against Duke

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Jim Boeheim will return for Syracuse's next game, Saturday against Duke at the Carrier Dome, days after being involved in a fatal accident.

SU athletic director John Wildhack released a statement Friday about his decision on Boeheim's status.

"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."

Boeheim hit and killed a man while driving his car on a Syracuse interstate shortly before midnight Wednesday, Syracuse Police announced Thursday.

The man, 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez of Syracuse, was outside his vehicle after it hit a guardrail in an unrelated crash on Interstate 690 on the city’s eastern fringe when Boeheim struck him. Jimenez was transported to a Syracuse hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

ESPN's College GameDay, which had planned to broadcast from the Carrier Dome, announced Thursday that it would air from ESPN's studios in Connecticut.

Boeheim has missed just three games in his 43 seasons -- three following surgery for prostate cancer in 2001 and nine while he was suspended during the 2015-16 season.

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