Jim Boeheim will coach against Duke on Saturday after fatal crash

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Jim Boeheim will coach Syracuse against top-ranked Duke on Saturday night, his team's next game after Boeheim struck and killed a pedestrian on a darkened highway.

Syracuse held a moment of silence for Jimenez before the game.

Syracuse police say Jimenez was an occupant in a black Dodge Charger with three others when they apparently lost control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail before midnight Wednesday.

Doubts about whether Boeheim might miss the game were dispelled Friday when Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack announced that the 74-year-old Boeheim would be on the sideline. Juli, my family, and I are heartbroken. The accident's victim reportedly exited his vehicle near Thompson Road in Syracuse around midnight before he was struck by Boeheim's auto.

The statement also included an explanation of Boeheim's decision to return to the Orange bench less than 72 hours after the tragic accident.

Boeheim, a former Syracuse player, has been its head coach since 1976, with a career record of 943-379 and five Final Four appearances, including winning the 2003 national championship. Going forward, it does not get any easier for Syracuse, who is back on the bubble for another year. "This is something that will be with me for the rest of my life", Boeheim said in reading the statement.

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"This is never going away".

Boeheim tried to avoid the vehicle in the middle of the road, the DA said.

As Jim Boeheim prepared to coach one of the most emotionally hard games of his career, the Syracuse basketball faithful made it very clear they support the coach in the aftermath of his deadly crash.

Similarly to Saturday's game, the Blue Devils weren't at full strength for their first meeting with the Orange as forward Cam Reddish didn't play at all and point guard Tre Jones left early in the first half with a shoulder injury. "I just can't, I can't describe it to you".

"I've been here all my life", he said. "I just hope that we can get him back out on the court as soon as possible and get him healthy". "The honoring of the family, the moment of silence, everything was lovely in that environment".

The Orange next play on Tuesday night at North Carolina, which is another Top 10 ranked team. Williamson, the likely No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, is averaging 21.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks this season.

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