In today's Chronicle, North Carolina freshman Aaron Hanner and band member wrote a letter explaining that he is a Duke fan despite attending UNC. Hanner's mother graduated from Duke in 1986.
Here is a snippet:
With a mother who was a team manager, I was born into Duke basketball. She witnessed the rise of the Krzyzewski era. She felt the joy of victory with the illustrious team of ‘86, featuring Johnny Dawkins and Jay Bilas spearheading a sweep of the ACC Tournament. She felt the agony of defeat with a heartbreaking, last-minute three-point loss to Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.
She raised her kids well. Even in the (embarrassingly long) time of my life when I couldn’t care less about sports, I still knew Duke was king. We lived and breathed basketball from the first day of the season to the last. There was no hope of sleeping through the hell raised in our living room during games, and God help anyone who walked in our house during the month of March. Verbal altercations with the deluge of indoctrinated Tar Hole fans at school were frequent and ruthless. Jesus came first in our family, but Coach K was a close second.
Hanner took to Facebook today to clarify, apologizing to the UNC community: