Coach Okay explains why he advised Duke college students to ‘shut up’ with chant in the direction of Jeff Capel

Duke college students began a chant for Pittsburgh’s Jeff Capel, former Blue Satan-turned-coach in the course of the Blue Devils recreation Tuesday night time.

The scholars had been apparently chanting, “Jeff Capel, sit with us” and it clearly upset Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Cameras caught Coach Okay yelling “shut up” to his personal followers.

After Cameron Crazies began yelling “Jeff Capel, sit with us,” Coach Okay might be seen yelling “Shut up” and “He is certainly one of us.”

Capel performed at Duke and coached there for 7 seasons.

— ESPN (@espn) January 29, 2020

Krzyzewski apologized and defined his response after the sport.

“I do not know if I made a mistake on that, however I’ve by no means heard one other coach’s identify yelled out in the course of the primary half once we’re in a struggle with the workforce,” Krzyzewski stated. “I do not know in the event that they had been saying, ‘Come sit with me.’ We received a special have a look at what the hell was occurring. I assumed it was one thing private. … I apologize to the scholars for that.”

Regardless of his apology, Coach Okay nonetheless felt the mantra was pointless

“You should not say that., ” he stated. “In the midst of the primary half and an ACC recreation, this is not some cutesy little factor. I am not going to go say, ‘Will you please inform me precisely what you are doing? So it is a mistake on my half, however I might somewhat make the error and defend my man. Let’s consider a special cheer — like ‘Protection!'”

Right here was Coach Okay’s response when requested about erupting on his personal followers simply earlier than half. Mentioned he didn’t like Capel being taunted, recommended Duke followers as an alternative flip to chants of “DEFENSE!” or “LET’S GO!” or “COME ON, DUKE!”

Having a standard one

— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) January 29, 2020

Capel, who performed for Duke and was a Blue Devils assistant from 2011-18, stated in a tweet following the sport he took “no offense” from the chants.

Duke defeated Pitt 79-67.

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