Former athletic director Joe Alleva spent 32 years at Duke, and 10 as Director of Athletics. He considered himself a Blue Devil man, loyal to Duke. But in just two months in the same job at Louisiana State University, Alleva had some choice words that likely won’t sit well with Duke supporters.
“The passion for LSU is just phenomenal, it’s mind-blowing,” Alleva told The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune. “That’s the biggest difference.”
Reporter James Varney pressed him further, asking Alleva to compare the “passion” to that of Duke’s rabid basketball fan base.
“Even then, it’s not the same,” he said.
What do you think of Alleva’s statements? How does the passion of Duke fans relate to that of other fans?
Most importantly: Is Alleva simply saying what he needs to say to blend into the Bayou?
—by Ben Cohen
Last week, HBO announced a documentary chronicling the history of the Duke-UNC rivalry. Next week, ESPN2 will air a documentary following Mike Krzyzewski’s other squad, Team USA. “Road to Redemption,” a five-part series documenting the national team and its quest for the gold medal in the Beijing Olympics, will begin July 2 with a one-hour episode to be followed with four 30-minute episodes. The last two episodes will both air August 5.
The first part will recount the history of Team USA and the Dream Teams of the early 1990s and will introduce this year’s team, including Krzyzewski and Managing Director Jerry Colangelo. ESPN claims exclusive access to Krzyzewski and his team as they practice. The Chronicle, too, had exclusive access to Coach K—albeit on a different level.
Are you planning on watching the series?
—by Ben Cohen
If Andre Dawkins is anything like a certain 1986 graduate with the same surname… well, it’s certain that Duke would take such production from its latest 2010 signee.
According to Blue Devil Nation and scout.com, Dawkins, a four-star shooting guard from Virginia Beach, Va., committed to Duke Thursday night after visiting and receiving an offer Monday. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound recruit also had offers from Clemson and Maryland and received interest from Georgetown and Wake Forest.
Dawkins is Duke’s first 2010 recruit, and he could lead to more. He became friends with four-star 2010 recruit Josh Hairston, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Spotsylvania, Va. It will be interesting to see the effect of Dawkins’ early commitment, both with Hairston and five-star 2009 shooting guard Kenny Boynton, who said in May that Duke was at the top of his list.
–by Ben Cohen
This is the last of five clips of a June 17 exclusive interview with Mike Krzyzewski that The Chronicle will post this week. In this excerpt, Coach K talks his “last big project” while coaching at Duke: the restoration of Cameron Indoor Stadium. Giving Cameron a facelift was mentioned as a hypothetical in “Unrivaled Ambition,” the athletic department’s strategic plan, and was met with some early resistance.
Make sure you leave your thoughts about potential Cameron renovations in the comments section below.
–by Ben Cohen
A quick scheduling note on this NBA Draft night: Duke will square off with Duquesne Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving, and the contest will be aired on espn2. The Dukes finished 17-13 last year and lost in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. It is believed to be their first televised game in more than 10 years.
The game in Cameron Indoor Stadium seems to be a pretty big deal in the Duquesne camp—a photo of Mike Krzyzewski and Greg Paulus is the lead visual for a press release announcing the Dukes’ 2008-2009 schedule.
Other known games for the Blue Devils next season include a game at the Meadowlands with Xavier, participation in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament in Madison Square Garden, an away matchup with Purdue in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge and home contests against Georgetown and Davidson. The entire schedule will be released in mid-August.
—by Ben Cohen
After wrapping up a highly successful weekend in which Duke landed three quality commitments, head coach David Cutcliffe and his Blue Devils are hoping to secure their second four-star recruit of the 2009 class.
Brennan Williams, a four-star offensive lineman ranked No. 13 in the nation by Rivals.com and a top-250 overall player, recently narrowed his list of possible schools from as many as 20 to just six. Duke is one of those remaining colleges, along with Boston College, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia and Wake Forest. Continue reading