NAME: Mike Pressler
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NAME: Mike Pressler
Last August, Duke's baseball team was as dirty as a shortstop's jersey buried in the corner of its disheveled locker room. In walked Sean McNally, the clean-cut, 33-year-old head coach who had replaced the ousted Bill Hillier just a month earlier, barking orders at one of nine players he would soon let go. He had no choice but to wipe clean the walls of the locker room-and an undisciplined program marred by scandal.
No matter how good something may be, I'm a person who always thinks it can be better. I'll preface the list by saying that I have thoroughly enjoyed most of my experience here and could have just as easily written a list of things I like about Duke. But here you go-President Brodhead, undergraduates and professors alike-here is my list of things I'd change about Duke.
This is a University of two Dukes. For the first, the letter with "congratulations" at the top and the signature of Dean of Admissions Christoph Guttentag on the bottom is a means to an end. In just more than four years, they will be sailing out of Duke, stopping to pick up a second important piece of paper-a diploma-as they finally let out a giant sigh of relief and fling their mortarboards into the air.
NAME John Mack
NAME John Mack
The national debate about steroids in baseball hit Duke this weekend, but players, athletic officials and experts reflecting on revelations in Duke’s program paint a picture of a larger phenomenon across college baseball.
A pair of Pac-10 programs looked to Duke in an attempt to jumpstart their women’s basketball programs.
Put one of the school’s most popular teams, a 10-0 record, a No. 2 ranking and an April afternoon together, and there could be a pretty sizable crowd at Koskinen Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m.
Going into the final set of bouts on Day 1 of the NCAA Fencing Championships, sophomore Ibtihaj Muhammad knew she had to win at least two of her final three bouts to have a shot at earning All-American status.
J.J. Redick said after the first game of the ACC Tournament that he was adjusting to the rims at the MCI Center.
WASHINGTON -- They survived.
WASHINGTON -- After Friday's win over Virginia, J.J. Redick said it was tough adjusting to the rims at the MCI Center. Saturday he seemed to have it all figured out. Duke's top option hit 11-of-16 shots and scored 35 points, never disappearing from the offense. A day after he went just 4-for-17 from the field and had to rely on others to carry the load, Redick was there every time N.C. State tried to make a run. "I didn't dwell on it last night," Redick said. "I put it behind me, and went out there today and played with confidence." The third-seeded Blue Devils advanced to their eighth consecutive ACC Tournament final with a 76-69 victory Saturday. Will Bynum equaled Redick's 35 points as Georgia Tech knocked off North Carolina earlier in the afternoon despite a late charge by Rashad McCants that almost saw the Tar Heels pull off their second comeback in as many days.
President Richard Brodhead, who came to Duke in July after serving as Dean of Yale College, sat down with Chronicle Sports Editor Jake Poses last month to discuss issues in collegiate athletics and athletics at Duke.
The men’s lacrosse team has spent the early part of its season trying to execute its run-and-gun offense against teams desperately trying to slow the game down.
Ibtihaj Muhammad won the women’s sabre title at the Junior Olympics in Dallas, Texas this weekend. In her last year of eligibility in the under-20 competition, the sophomore beat out 117 other fencers for the elite title.
Once again, Coach K got his way. The Athletic Department is in the final planning and fundraising stage for a new two-court training facility to be built behind Cameron. The timeframe for the project was accelerated when Krzyzewski threatened to leave for L.A.
Frustrated screams spewed from the mouths of Old Dominion players most of the afternoon.
With five Duke regulars on the bench by the end of overtime, Maryland made 9-of-12 free throws and swept Duke for the first time since 1994-1995.