NCAA News: Why Did Duke Allow Grayson Allen Back After Only One Game Suspension?

By Richard Rickss, Posted: 01/05/17 02:07AM EST
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The Duke Blue Devils have allowed Grayson Allen to return to the lineup against Georgia Tech, after only serving a one-game suspension for his infamous tripping incidents. Allen ended the game scoring 15 points in a 110-57 Duke victory.

NCAA News: Grayson Allen's Suspension History

Grayson Allen was suspended indefinitely on Dec. 22 as reported by Sports Illustrated. The suspension came after Allen was caught tripping an opposing player for the third time in a two seasons, and this time Allen was caught tripping Elon guard Steven Santa Ana on a drive in the first half of a 72-61 win. Coach Krzyzewski said he would suspend Allen who was a preseason AP All-American guard, and his team's second-leading scorer, until he felt good about the entire situation.

Allen watched from the bench in street clothes on Saturday as Virginia Tech routed the Blue Devils 89-75. After that game, Krzyzewski revealed that he had removed Allen from his team captaincy. Allen was previously caught tripping Louisville's Ray Spalding, and Florida State's Xavier Mayes during games in February 2016. The incident earned Allen a flagrant foul, however, there was no foul called after Mayes hit the floor, though that move did earn Allen a reprimand from the Atlantic Coast Conference

Why Did Coach Krzyzewski End Grayson Allen's Suspension?

According to ESPN Sports News, the game against Georgia Tech will be the last one for Coach Krzyzewski as he will undergo back surgery, which will sideline him for a few weeks. By ending Allen's suspension, Krzyzewski will have one final look at his complete team, and allows the decision of un-suspended the player to fall on him, and not interim coach Jeff Capel.

Krzyzewski is scheduled to have the operation Friday and the school expects him to be back within a month, approximately. Associate head coach Jeff Capel will be in charge during Coach K's absence, with his first game coming this Saturday against Boston College.



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