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Feinstein: Duke should leave ACC football

Posted on: October 6, 2010 4:20 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

As a program, Duke is terrible at football. Currently, historically, inexorably terrible. Duke football had more seasons with two wins or fewer in the last decade (seven such seasons) than they've had bowl game invitations in the nearly 60 years they've been in the ACC (five). They are so, so bad.

In spite of this crushing haplessness, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe told one local radio station recently, "We have a struggling team, but we don't have a struggling program."

Noted sports author (and Duke alum) John Feinstein felt compelled to respond to WRAL in Raleigh:

"Is this team not part of the program? I said years ago, I got shouted down. And I'll still be shouted down, that Duke should not play ACC football."

He went on to claim that if Duke had a president with any leadership ability, he would get together with the presidents at Tulane, Army, Navy, Rice and Vanderbilt and form "Conference SAT" - a league for good academic schools that haven't been competitive in their current football leagues.

First of all, leave it to a Duke fan to turn sucking at football into an elitist activity. Bravo, Feinstein. Second, on its face, this seems like a good idea (and how about Northwestern not making the list? Congrats, Wildcats fans!); excepting the rare and fleeting moments of success, these programs typically struggle, and their unusual admissions standards certainly don't help matters.

The only problem is that nobody's going to want to watch that league. Their television ratings would just be "NO." And if they're not going to get good ratings, they're not going to make money, and really the only reason for a school to ever field a football team is to finance the rest of its athletic department. What Feinstein's really making the case for is that these schools should stop fielding football teams, but that's probably a little too uncomfortable for a Duke partisan to consider rationally at this point.

Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 9:44 pm
 

Feinstein: Duke should leave ACC football

LOL.....Northwestern and Navy both have football programs......but not basketball so much.

Seriously.  We love Duke.  We'll, we hate you guys.  We'll.......we love to hate you guys, how's that?  In a respectful kinda way.

But, with all sincerity, Duke football should stay in the ACC.  Sure, you might get tired of losing, but that makes the winning taste oh so sweet.  You did have Spurrier.  And if you could have kept him, much like the Terps and, say, Bear Bryant.....or more recently Bobby Ross, you would probably still be good.  And the rest of the ACC respected you guys for hosting Alabama this year, in a crazy kind of way.  Sure raised some eyebrows.  Even saw your stadium on TV.  And I hear the 'Bama fans snapped up your season tickets.  Plus, you played the Terps tough this week too.  So you are still in the game.

Hang in there John.  Don't get too down buddy.  Carolina is going on probation, NC State will be focusing on women's basketball for a few years and basketball season is right around the corner.  I hear you got a pretty good recruit the other day.

lol.....The SAT Conference.  Funny guy. 

Hey, your little novelet about Tiger's early years was sooooo before it's time.

So stop feeling sorry for your football program and do something proactive.  How about writing a book about all that whole "secret handshake" thing they do in Blacksburg?  And look at the bright side, your school mascot isn't a castrated turkey!!!     ;-)

P.S.  BTW, I simply loved the thing you wrote about the left hander calling Dean.  One of the classiest things I've ever read.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 5:04 pm
 

Feinstein: Duke should leave ACC football

He went on to claim that if Duke had a president with any leadership ability, he would get together with the presidents at Tulane , Army , Navy , Rice and Vanderbilt and form "Conference SAT" - a league for good academic schools that haven't been competitive in their current football leagues.

Navy would slaughter that conference.  Vandy might put up a fight.  Awful in any case, though.


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