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Cameron Indoor to Get a Facelift

Duke’s Department of Athletics announced Friday that it has commissioned video display manufacturer Daktronics to design and install a new center-hung scoreboard for one of the most famous college gymnasiums in the country. The 14-feet wide, 15-feet tall system will include new LED screens capable of flashing statistics and instant replays. The project is expected to be complete by the beginning of the 2008-2009 season.

by Meredith Shiner

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Filed under Department of Athletics, Facilities, Men's Basketball

Duke Recruiting Budget 9th In Div. I-A, 4th In Growth

The Chronicle of Higher Education posted this report today, dated for its August issue, which highlights the skyrocketing costs incurred by athletic departments across the country to attract the nation’s top talent. The article, entitled “Have Money, Will Travel: the Quest for Top Athletes” cites that Duke’s recruiting budget of $1,245,300 has grown a staggering 229% since 1997, which is the fourth highest jump in spending among the 65 BCS schools over that time frame. In case you’re interested, Tennessee has the largest annual recruiting budget, spending $2,005,700, and the University of Maryland has had the highest spending jump over the past 10 years, increasing its budget by 277%. The ACC ranked third among the BCS conferences in spending, with the SEC blazing the money…er…recruiting trail.

—by Meredith Shiner

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Cutcliffe, Duke Earn More National Praise

Cbssports.com national columnist Gregg Doyel posted a piece on Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe this morning, but if you scroll down, you’ll notice a nice sidebar about Duke’s own David Cutcliffe in which Doyel calls the coach the best hire of the offseason.

The lede? How about…

Speaking of strange sights … what is David Cutcliffe doing at Duke?

…follow that with…

The Wake Forest job is hard. Duke is impossible. And Cutcliffe wasn’t desperate.

…add the zinger…

This man has a large resume. Duke has a miniature football program. Why would he go there?

…and you’ve got yourself a story we might be reading in about 100 different permutations once football season starts, particularly if that season includes wins. Whatever the results, though, Cutcliffe has made Duke Football into a national story, and not just because of Steve Spurrier’s annual farce of a top-25 vote.

by Meredith Shiner

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Cragg Emerges as Internal Candidate

Mike Cragg, Duke’s associate athletic director and director of the Legacy Fund, has emerged as the leading internal candidate to replace Joe Alleva as Director of Athletics. Cragg told The Chronicle about two weeks ago that he was “definitely interested” and would “definitely apply.”

Cragg joined the athletic department in 1987 and was promoted to Sports Information Director in 1990. He has led the Duke Basketball Legacy Fund since 1999 and in 2004, he was promoted to associate athletic director.

Interim Director of Athletics Chris Kennedy told The Chronicle he was not interested in the permamenent position the day after he was appointed to his current role. and Senior Women’s Adminstrator Jacki Silar told The Herald-Sun that she was not interested in the position.

by Ben Cohen

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