Duke: Season Soldout Thanx To Bama Home Game

Probably the strangest game on the college football season schedule is Alabama playing at Duke on Sept. 18. When the game was originally scheduled, Alabama had hoped to convince Duke officials to move the game to Charlotte or another neutral site.

Duke Sells Out Season Tickets Because Of Alabama Game

But when Alabama alum, former Ole Miss coach and Tennessee assistant coach David Cutcliffe took over as Blue Devils coach, he put a stop to the possibility.

The TRIANGLE (Raleigh-Durham) BUSINESS JOURNAL reports

In years past, the Blue Devils have “sold” home games against big-time opponents – a practice in which the home team moves a game to a neutral location or the opponent’s home field in exchange for a payment. And there were opportunities to do that again this year, including moving the Alabama game, but Duke made a statement by declining.

“We were courted. We were asked,” says Duke coach David Cutcliffe, whose arrival three years ago has revitalized what arguably was the nation’s worst football program. “This game belongs here.”

Apparently keeping the game at 33,000-seat Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham along with Duke’s gradual improvement under Cutcliffe has led to an unprecedented surge in 2010 season ticket sales.

The RALEIGH NEWS-OBSERVER reported last week:

For the first time in at least a decade, Duke has sold out of football season tickets … for a school that hasn’t posted a winning season since 1994, the run on season tickets in Durham is a big deal.

The Alabama game has drawn so much excitement that the Blue Devils will add up to 3,900 seats in the end zones and the concourses for the matchup, increasing Wallace Wade Stadium’s capacity to 37,841.

Two months ago the Triangle Business Journal pegged Duke season ticket sales at 14,500. With the News-Observer reporting last week that season tickets have sold out, one assumes that previous figure increased considerably in the interim. (The record for Duke football season tickets was reportedly 12,000 in ‘94.)

So did Alabama fans and ticket brokers snap up Duke season seats - at $200 total for seven home games - just to have precious entry into the tiny stadium for the Crimson Tide’s visit to Durham? And are there actually single-game tickets left for the Alabama game?

From the News-Observer last week: Read more…

$3M Owed Assistants Cost Vols Shot At Cutcliffe

David Cutcliffe has decided to spurn a possible opportunity to become the next Tennessee football coach. Though it isn’t clear if Cutcliffe was actually offered the job, he released a statement this morning affirming his decision to remain at Duke.

Tennessee Football Assistant Coaches

(The reason David Cutcliffe isn’t the Vols Coach this morning)

A college coaching source close to the situation told me this morning that Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton told Cutcliffe that if he want to take over as coach, he would have to retain most of the coaches on Lane Kiffin’s former staff.

Now you’re wondering, why on earth would Hamilton do that?!

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Report: Cutcliffe Talking To Vols, No Hire Today

UPDATE (5:12p ET): The KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL reports:

David Cutcliffe

Duke coach David Cutcliffe has not agreed to become Tennessee’s next football coach, a source close to the situation told the News Sentinel on Thursday.

While there appears to be mutual interest and a deal could be struck, UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said earlier in the day that the interviewing process is ongoing.

The News Sentinel also learned that a new coach would not be hired today.

WFMY in Durham had reported earlier:

Sources close to David Cutcliffe tell WFMY News 2 that the former Blue Devil coach is headed to Tennessee.

Knoxville TV station WBIR said it could not confirm the report of its sister station WFMY.

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Duke Football Players Pose For Shirtless Poster

Remember when the Tennessee Volunteers football squad did a shirtless photo shoot around an orange Lamborghini? And we all had a pleasant chuckle at the silliness & slightly homoerotic quality of it all? Well, the Duke Blue Devils are not to be outdone in such shirtless-posing matters:

Duke football shirtless poster

Ladies & gentlemen - presenting your 2009 Iron Dukes motivational poster!

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Revenge Of The Nerds: Duke, Vandy, NU All Good

It’s not surprising that College GameDay will be making its third straight appearance in SEC country this weekend. But Nashville? I thought UT was in Knoxville. Oh, Vanderbilt? They have a team? That’s right, sports fans, Lee Corso will be embarrassing himself at Vandy this Saturday as the 4-0 ‘Dores prepare to face off with Auburn.

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It’s a nod to the stunning new college football landscape, where Vandy, Duke, and Northwestern are a combined 12-1 (with the only loss being by Duke to Northwestern). Vanderbilt hasn’t had a winning season since 1982. Northwestern hasn’t been 5-0 since 1962. Prior to this past Saturday, Duke hadn’t won an ACC game since Millard Fillmore was president. It’s insanity.

Ridiculous video after the jump.

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Duke’s Total Commitment to Sucking on Saturdays

Despite sharing a name, I have no affiliation with the Duke football team. And thank God: they suck on toast. To the point that ATHLISTS decided to use them as their “model” program when breaking down the steps to take in order to build The Worst Football Program in America. (And no, Notre Dame haters, “have failed gastric bypass surgery, then sue” was not one of the options.)

Duke football

It’s almost more difficult to be as inept as Duke has been than it is to be as dominant as a USC, LSU or Oklahoma. Consider this: the Blue Devils have won two games in the past three seasons, and have gone 13 straight seasons with a losing record. Since the last Duke winning season in 1994, perennial doormats like Oregon St. and Kansas have not only played in but won BCS bowl games. Hell, Washington State has gone to two Rose Bowls, and they are so far out in the boonies that they might actually be in Canada.

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Sterling Needs To Work on His Ice Cream Etiquette

• Better grab your dessert before Yankees announcer John Sterling gets his hands on it - literally.

John Sterling ice cream

• The Warriors may have missed out on Elton Brand, but they did capture a Clipper in Corey Maggette.

Manny Ramirez earns $49.56 just for forgetting to cash a $10,000 check.

David Cutcliffe is determined to clean up the Duke football program - and the campus, too.

• One thing A-Rod & John Rocker have in common - making it with fitness model Alicia Marie.

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Entire Duke Football Team On Campus Trash Duty

Duke Blue Devils football coach David Cutcliffe is a man that’s not afraid of a challenge. How else do you explain his willingness to take over a team that has only had three winning seasons in the last 25 years?

Duke Football picks up trash

As coaches tend to do, Cutcliffe is focused on changing the culture of the program. The players have been put through a new training program, and introduced to the Cutcliffe family code through a story about the coach’s father. Read more…

Michigan Twice Takes a West Virginia Head Coach

MICHIGAN GRABS A MOUNTAINEERS COACH FOR 2ND TIME: Morgantown is turning into Ann Arbor’s farm team.

In their search for a head coach, Michigan has yet again pilfered West Virginia. On Sunday, The Wolverines hired Rich Rodriguez away from the Mountaineers, ending a month-long quest that saw LSU’s Les Miles and Rutgers’ Greg Schiano say no to the Maize & Blue.

Rich Rodriguez John Beilein West Virginia

As the CHARLESTON (WV) DAILY MAIL points out, it’s the second time this year the Big Ten power has borrowed brains from the Big East school. Last April, Michigan lured away Mountaineers men’s basketball coach John Beilein to prowl along the Crisler Arena courtside.Unlike a recent head coach who sneaked out on his team, Rodriguez met with his players in person before Sunday’s practice to inform them of his decision. As cornerback Vaughn Rivers noted, “Coach Rod was a man about it.”

Sad Michigan fans disguise

On a side note, for those Wolverines fans looking toward the future, the domain fireRichRodriguez.com is still available for only $250.• In other employment news, Duke’s online ad seems to have worked, as Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe agreed to take over the Blue Devils:

David Cutcliffe Duke

Meanwhile, Northern Illinois made a Kill-ing by hiring away Southern Illinois’ Jerry KillSteve Fairchild to handle the Huskies, Colorado State charged Buffalo Bills OC with turning around the Rams, and Houston snagged Sooners assistant Kevin Sumlin to lead the Cougars.The new hirings mean that only West Virginia, UCLA and SMU are left searching the want ads.