Grayson Allen's penchant for tripping opponents on basketball courts has landed him an indefinite suspension. But that's not the only discipline he's been given by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. In the postgame press conference of Duke's bad-look 89-75 road loss at Virginia Tech (12-1) on Saturday, Coach K informed the press on hand that Allen is no longer a captain on the team.
This is obviously a rare move, if not unprecedented at Duke since Krzyzewski's been there.
Grayson Allen has been stripped of captaincy. Amile and Matt are Duke's captains.— Stephen Wiseman (@stevewisemanNC) December 31, 2016
Asked when Grayson Allen might be back, K says he doesn't want to talk about that right now. Says he isn't a captain anymore, though.— Ava Wallace (@AvaRWallace) December 31, 2016
Duke is now 12-2 and sure to fall in the polls after failing to put up a fight against a good Hokies club. Allen's return remains unknown. It is truly an indefinite. The suspension could lift in three days; it could lift in three weeks.
But the stripping of the captaincy -- and making the move public -- is more than just a symbolic thing. Krzyzewski, who was rightfully criticized in the immediate aftermath of Allen's trip vs. Elon, can and should be acknowledged for having patience and doing a number of things to both help his player and properly punish him. Allen no doubt knows he's done wrong, and he's going to have to live through that throughout the rest of his college career.