In an effort to show more transparency and bring even more attention to Duke basketball, the university announced Wednesday that it would broadcast the Blue Devils' Saturday practice live and online at GoDuke.com. The stream will be available for subscribers to the site. It's the first time the school has ever done something like this before. (In fact, I'm not sure I can recall another team going with a live broadcast of a practice before. Maybe Kentucky?)
Saturday's practice will be Duke's second of the season, which will inaugurate on Friday thanks to a new NCAA rule that allows college basketball teams to start officially playing together six weeks prior to the start of the season. We're in a new era: College basketball season is starting in September.
In the past Duke has held a coaches' clinic, but time constraints prevented that from happening this season, so the Beyonce-adoring Mike Krzyzewski agreed to hold an open practice for the public in addition to bringing in plenty of coaches from many walks of the profession -- and beam it live over the Web to boot.
A Duke official told me Coach K's time with USA Basketball, seeing how the influence and marketing there was such a positive/constant thing, likely led to Krzyzewski signing off on this. The event is also part of Duke's Homecoming festivities.
The open practice is scheduled to run from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday. It'll have hosts and analysts, the whole deal. Duke is seen as a preseason top-five team according to most, thanks to a roster that boasts the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2013, Jabari Parker. Fellow freshmen Semi Ojeleye and Matt Jones were also highly recruited. The Blue Devils will also have Rodney Hood -- a swiss knife of a forward who transferred from Mississippi State -- available this year. Toss in Rasheed Sulaimon, Quinn Cook, Marshall Plumlee and Tyler Thornton. Yeah, get ready for another year of Duke being Duke.