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Column: Indiana, hoops and al Qaeda

(11/19/03 5:00am)

Traveling on The Chronicle's tab to cover Duke sporting events is probably the greatest benefit the paper gives to its volunteer writers. I've always wanted to write a column to recount some of my experiences, to tell of how a Salt Lake City Denny's turned into a eccentric dance club at 2 a.m. seemingly in between bites of my waffle, my time with the girls at Tennessee ("Wow you go to Duke and you have dimples"), the clubs at Florida State that will probably be the closest I'll ever come to being inside the Playboy mansion, or even the Santa Fe hippies who trained cats to ride dogs. The only negative experience I have ever had was my 10-hour trip from Charlottesville to Durham during a blizzard that saw me nearly get run off the road purposely by a maniacal liquid nitrogen truck driver.

Roof ready for revenge against UNC

(11/18/03 5:00am)

At the final weekly press conference of the tumultuous 2003 season, interim head football coach Ted Roof briefly spoke of the team's disappointments in its 40-7 loss to Clemson Saturday before discussing the subject of its greatest rival: North Carolina. Roof said that each member of the team had a "little piece" of responsibility for the loss to the Tigers, and expressed a desire for his team to "learn from [its] mistakes and move on."

Column: To win or not to win

(11/12/03 5:00am)

I cannot decide whether I should be ecstatic or depressed about the football team's recent success. Sure, I cannot help but feel happy for all the seniors who finally won a conference game in the last home contest of their careers. I rushed the field in euphoric joy just like all of the other students, delaying the writing of my game commentary column to help bring down the goalposts.

Virginia Preview

(11/06/03 5:00am)

Head Coach: Pete Gillen: @ Virginia: 86-65, 6th season; Overall: 350-193, 19th year. National Championships: 0; Final Four appearances: 02002-03 Record: 16-16 overall; 6-10 in the ACC (7th)Players to watch: Devin Smith and Majestic Mapp are the keys to Virginia's '03-'04 campaign. Smith is one of the Cavaliers' leading returning scorers, and Mapp--who has been hampered by injuries--is due for a good season.

Roof's old school awaits Blue Devils Saturday

(11/04/03 5:00am)

While it seems no one can predict how the football team will play on a given weekend, one thing is certain for the Duke-Georgia Tech matchup this Saturday: emotions will be running on overdrive. Saturday is both senior day and Ted Roof's first game as head coach against his alma mater and the team whose defense he coordinated just two years ago.

Search for new coach intensifies

(11/04/03 5:00am)

Athletic director Joe Alleva announced that the interview process for the head coaching job of Duke's football team will begin at the end of November or in early December for potential candidates in a meeting with the press Monday. Alleva mentioned that over 50 coaches have contacted him with interest in the job, and that five finalists will be interviewed by the athletic department. Alleva also communicated that interim head coach Ted Roof is still a major candidate for the job and will be one of the five coaches with whom Alleva will meet in about a month.

Hands full with 'Teers

(10/31/03 5:00am)

"Take me to another place, take me to another land," goes the refrain to Arrested Development's 1990's hit song Tennessee. While the Blue Devils blasted music in their practices this week in preparation for the communication disruptions the 104,079 fans will inevitably create inside of Leyland Stadium, Duke (2-6) hopes to be singing a far different tune after its 4 p.m. matchup with Tennessee (5-2) Saturday in Knoxville.

Column: Potential reached, but errors prevent huge Duke win

(10/27/03 5:00am)

Ted Roof had barely slept since Oct. 26, the day Duke named him named interim head football coach upon the firing of Carl Franks. Throughout his first week, Roof continually told the media that his days would begin at 6 a.m. and conclude after 2 a.m. But midway through the second quarter in the Blue Devils' game against N.C. State, Roof must have felt he was dreaming.

Twice the fun: Roof's twins Duke's biggest fans

(10/24/03 4:00am)

Show and tell is always an adventure. Post-toddler students bring in all sorts of things from their pet rocks to their pictures from Disney World to their Masters of the Universe: Mer-Man Evil Ocean Warlord action figures. But for Michael "Mic" and Terrence Davis "T.D." Roof--Duke head football coach Ted Roof's five-year-old twin sons--the pre-school pastime is even more special.