The Chronicle’s website includes daily coverage of Duke Athletics dating back all the way to 2001. Let’s take a look through the archives to find interesting events and articles that premiered during the week of Sept. 8-14 over the last two decades.
This week in 2011, Duke announced that men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski and former point guard Bobby Hurley would be inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame. The pairing won consecutive national championships together in 1991 and 1992, the first two in program history.
At the time of the announcement, Krzyzewski had won four national championships and 900 games, breaking Bob Knight’s Division 1 men’s basketball record of 902 career wins later in the 2011-12 season. Nine years later, Krzyzewski sits at 1,157 wins in 45 seasons of coaching and won a fifth national championship in 2015. Duke Athletics also inducted three other notable alumni in 2011: quarterback Ben Bennett, golfer Jenny Chuasiriporn and tennis player Vanessa Webb.
This week, we mourn the 2,000+ lives lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Duke Athletics promptly canceled the Blue Devils’ volleyball match the night of the tragedy and postponed all sports through Friday, Sept. 14. The debate raged on for days over whether or not to continue playing professional and collegiate sports in the United States. While some argued that games should be put on hold as an act of compassion, others believed that to cancel in the aftermath of such an attack would grant the perpetrators a sort of ultimate victory through instilling fear in America. In a time of immense pain and tragedy, the ACC ultimately decided to respect the nation’s healing and postponed all sports through Saturday, Sept. 15. All play would resume the following week.
Duke reached the National Championship Game in 2003, losing to Wake Forest. But early the following season, the Blue Devils would get revenge against the two-time defending champs, defeating the Demon Deacons 4-3 behind a late, slow-rolling goal from junior Nicole Dudek. The Blue Devils would go on to an 18-5 record in 2004 and again meet Wake Forest in the National Championship Game, eventually losing 0-3. Interestingly enough, Duke would reach the National Championship Game again in 2005 as well and lose for the third consecutive year, that time to Maryland.
Early in the 2010 season, Duke rattled off eight consecutive wins before suffering defeat at the hands of No. 12 Minnesota by a margin of 0-3. Led by head coach Jolene Nagel, the team would continue on to a strong season, winning the 2010 ACC Championship en route to a program-best Elite Eight berth in the NCAA tournament. The 2010 squad is remembered as one of the best in school history, led by ACC Player of the Year Kellie Catanach and four other All-ACC players.
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