Duke Is Playing Like Butt, So Coach K Took Away Their Backpacks And Locker Room AccessNick Martin1/26/17 6:02pmFiled to: Duke Blue DevilsCollege BasketballNCAAMike Krzyzewski1054EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkPhoto Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesA report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman claims that Duke head coach Mick Krizilonski had the Blue Devils over to his house on Tuesday night for a team meeting, where he instructed them to stop wearing Duke apparel and barred them from using the locker room. This, because the Blue Devils are no longer deemed fit by Krzyzewski to wear the honorable Duke colors anymore on account of how much they suck. AdvertisementFrom Goodman’s report:“He wasn’t happy,” said one source close to the situation. “Especially after the loss to NC State.”Asked how long the penalties would last, a source close to the program said: “Until they start living up to the standards of the Duke program.”[...]“He needs to do more than just take away their jerseys,” added another source close to the program. “There are bigger issues that need to be addressed.”Of course, this was a performative coaching measure—one Goodman reports that Krzyzewski has employed before—meant to inspire the young Blue Devils to start taking pride in their play and slap the floor and get after it on defense and all the other rahh rahh bullshit that coaches want from their players during a rough stretch. Only instead of having them run suicides or benching players performing poorly, Krzyzewski, who is currently on a reprieve from his coaching duties while recovering from back surgery yet again, restricted them from donning any Duke apparel. AdvertisementIn an interview on the popular local radio show Adam & Joe Thursday afternoon, associate head coach Jeff Capel said he was disappointed to hear that word of the jersey and backpack ban had reached the public’s ear already.While many of Duke’s players have been a disappointment compared to what was widely expected of them, if Krzyzewski is looking for someone to blame for his team’s struggles, it may be worth pointing the finger back at himself or Capel.After starting the season as the No. 1 team in the nation behind a crop of presumed-to-be other-worldly talented freshman and a strong veteran core, Duke has struggled in ACC play, where it is currently 3-4, having dropped three of its last four games. The latest loss was a particularly distressing home loss to an N.C. State team that is very much playing like an N.C. State team this season, which is to say the Wolfpack spend three-fourths of the season looking like garbage until they notch their annual Big Upset and give their fans false hope.