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Gameday: Duquesne

THE CONTENTS: No. 7 Duke battles Duquesne at 3 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium today. You can see the game on ESPN with Bob Picozzi and Jimmy Dykes and hear it on 620 AM.

THE EXPOSITION: Duke (6-0) got a much-needed break after playing four games in eight days. The Blue Devils are coming off their 78-58 victory over Montana.

Duquesne (4-0) hasn’t exactly played top-flight competition yet. The Dukes have defeated High Point, Saint Francis (PA), Furman, and South Carolina Upstate. Duquesne was picked to finish 12th in the 14-team Atlantic-10 (that’s a lot of numbers). For context, Rhode Island was picked to finish ninth. It is the first Dukes game to be televised nationally since 1995.

Duke is 4-1 all-time against Duquesne, including a 3-0 mark in Durham.

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A Season Begins Anew

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski talks to his team in the Blue Devils first open practice Friday. They tip the season Saturday in the annual Blue-White scrimmage. Photo by Chase Olivieri/The Chronicle

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski talks to his team in the Blue Devils' first open practice Friday. They tip the season Saturday in the annual Blue-White scrimmage. Photo by Chase Olivieri/The Chronicle

Check out The Chronicle’s photo slideshow from Friday’s open practice by following this link.

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LeBron, Not Coach K, Still The Chosen One

When he’s not going by King, LeBron James has been dubbed The Chosen One—or at least, he has since Sports Illustrated pegged him with that title when the King-in-waiting was only a high school junior in 2002. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski coached James this summer as he guided Team USA to a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics.

One day, he told students at “Have a Coke with Coach Cut” Wednesday in the Great Hall, Krzyzewski was talking with James and the superstar had his shirt off, showing off the tattoo on his back that reads “The Chosen One.” Krzyzewski noticed the body ink and asked if he could get a tattoo of the same ilk.

“Coach, I really like you a lot, but no one would choose you,” Krzyzewski recalled James saying to the delight of the approximately 200 students in attendance.

—by Ben Cohen

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Krzyzewski To Join Cutcliffe For Cokes and Nachos Wednesday

When David Cutcliffe meets with students Wedneday to break down game film and sip Coca-Colas, he will be accompanied by the only coach more prominent than he is: Mike Krzyzewski.

Coach K himself will join Cutcliffe in the Great Hall for soda and nachos at 8 p.m. Both he and Cutcliffe will take questions from the gathered students (no word on whether Krzyzewski will analyze football film).

Krzyzewski’s squad tips its season Saturday with the annual Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage at 1 p.m. preceding Cutcliffe’s team’s home game against Miami at 3:30 p.m. Krzyzewski will open his practice to the public Friday at 5 p.m.

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Dean Smith Endorses Obama; Is Coach K Next To Endorse?

Duke and North Carolina’s basketball programs have become more entangled with presidential politics than perhaps any of their competitors. Reggie Love, a former Blue Devil walk-on, is Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s bodyman, and last year, Obama ran in a five-on-five scrimmage with the Tar Heels, astutely observing that the players on this year’s preseason No. 1 were “a lot better” than him. Lest you think Obama has an unbreakable allegiance to the Tar Heels, he did ball wtih former Duke point guard Chris Duhon and 6-foot-7 former Duke center Alison Bales last year.

And now we can add this curveball to the equation: legendary North Carolina head coach Dean Smith and his wife, Linnea, endorsed Obama in an e-mail sent to Obama supporters Monday morning. (E-mail after the jump.) Apologies for mixing sports metaphors. Further apologies for cliched metaphors.

Most college basketball fans know that Smith and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski were never the best of friends. Smith represented the old guard, and Krzyzewski the new. And even though Krzyzewski seems more like Smith every day (a column for another day), it’s clear that they would still trade barbs on political issues. In 2002, Krzyzewski hosted a fundraiser for Republican Senate nominee Elizabeth Dole at the Washington Duke Inn on campus, inciting a swarm of unexpected and primarily negative media attention. What’s more, the event was dubbed “Blue Devils For Dole” and the invitations were sent to an undisclosed list of recipients, prompting accusations of University endorsements. (Former New York Times columnist Selena Roberts penned a witty column off the controversy four years before she failed miserably in covering another.)

Smith has made his move, supporting the increasingly popular candidate in this state that has swung from Republican stronghold to battleground to leaning Democratic in the past year. It’s not likely that Krzyzewski supports the same candidate. But will he endorse Republican presidential nominee John McCain? Given the ensuing firestorm the last time he made a political move, we don’t think so. Then again, his national profile has never been higher having led Team USA to a gold medal in August.

Moreover, should Krzyzewski publicly endorse? That is, is it the role of a college basketball coach to send out an e-mail to an (undisclosed) list of political supporters? (We must note that there is a difference between Smith and Krzyzewski; one is employed by a university, the other is not.) Professors are free to make their views public, and some are actively engaged in the local political scene. Then again, Krzyzewski is in a different position than your average tenured English professor. It is possible, after all, to associate his endorsement with that of the University–which is the exact reason Duke President Richard Brodhead has abstained from commenting publicly on the historic race.

It’s certainly something worth asking Krzyzewski at his first press conference of the season Friday. After all, the difference between Smith and Krzyzewski has has once again proven to be more than just a slight shade of blue.

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Ryan Kelly Chooses Duke

Five-star recruit Ryan Kelly, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Raleigh, gave a verbal commitment to play for Duke next year in a televised press conference Thursday afternoon. The announcement aired on ESPNU.

Three months ago, Kelly was barely being recruited by Duke, and most thought he would decide between Notre Dame and North Carolina. Before the Olympics, however, Kelly and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski met and formed a relationship that will culminate in Thursday’s announcement.

Kelly, scout.com’s No. 3 power forward in the Class of 2009, scored a 2150 on his SAT and made academics a priority in his search. He took official visits to Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Georgetown and Wake Forest and visited North Carolina and Duke numerous times over the course of the recruiting process.

The North Carolina native joins fellow Tar Heel Mason Plumlee in Duke’s next incoming class. The Blue Devils are still heavily recruiting five-star shooting guard Kenny Boynton. More analysis to come, particularly after the official announcement.

One question to start, though: How much has Coach K’s gold medal already had an impact on recruiting?

—by Ben Cohen


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Krzyzewski Sets Open Practice For Oct. 17

The day before the Blue Devils are officially revealed to the public, they will be unofficially featured.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the annual open practice will start at 5 p.m. Oct. 17, with the team’s Blue-White scrimmage slated for 1 p.m. the next day. Cameron Indoor Stadium’s doors open Friday at 4 p.m.

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