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El_Diablo
09-13-2009, 08:43 AM
Coach K and the players visited the grad student campout last night. After introducing the team and letting co-captains Thomas and Scheyer speak to the crowd, Coach K had some news to convey:

-Seating: grad student seating in Cameron has been expanded to include portions of the other end zone (behind the opponent's basket in the 2nd half). The band will still be there, but we'll just have grad students filling it in.
-Countdown to Craziness: a midnight madness event to kick off the official start of the practice season, Oct. 16. It will include various events and attractions (in Cameron and in K-ville), including an intra-squad scrimmage. This will not replace the Blue-White game--just supplement it.
-Edge: This was purposefully cryptic, but Coach mentioned that there will be (in addition to the expanded grad student seating) some additional changes in Cameron to improve our "edge." He did not elaborate much, other than to say that the purpose of these changes will be to better "punish the opponent" and help win more basketball games.

He expressed his intention to stay at Duke for the rest of his life, and when asked about it, he also discussed his role with Team USA and emphasized the extremely positive effect it has had on him as a coach. He thinks it has probably had a neutral effect on recruiting so far, pointing out that a lot of the time he devotes to Team USA is during dead periods (when he can't work with the players or meet with recruits anyway).

Throughout the evening, Coach K was unequivocal about two things: (1) the goal of this season is to win a national championship, (2) the team will not be looking back at all (at successes or setbacks from last season).

Let's go Duke!

zingit
09-13-2009, 11:11 AM
That's good news about the expanded grad student seating. The section with the band always seemed to have a bunch of empty seats, which bugged me.

This "edge" thing has made me curious!

ACCBBallFan
09-13-2009, 02:42 PM
Is this the first quasi official announcement that Jon and Lance are the captains? I don't recall seeing it formally.

Was not sure if Zoubs or Nolan might be a third captain but these two seemed pretty obvious choices.

taiw93
09-13-2009, 03:30 PM
http://blog.dukeblueplanet.com/?p=1414
Basically just confirms everything El_Diablo said (including the identities of this season's captains, which definitely appears to be true), and it has pictures.

Welcome2DaSlopes
09-13-2009, 03:50 PM
It's nice to see Seth

Kim*
09-13-2009, 05:31 PM
http://www.blueplanetshots.com/photos/648138201_RXFjs-M.jpg

*squints* Who is that between Seth and Miles?

dukemath
09-13-2009, 11:42 PM
Wow. That's early for the grad campout.

hurleyfor3
09-14-2009, 04:23 AM
Edge, huh? Everything I can think of is either something Coach has asked us not to do (throwing stuff, Speedo Guy), or something Wake does (swirly things, alternating colored shirts), or something unc does (using PA system to substitute for actual cheering). I hope we come up with something different.

Oh, I hope it's not "give everybody the same shirt", unless it's something like "give everybody in the new improved band section the same shirts as the band".

El_Diablo
09-20-2009, 09:36 AM
http://www.blueplanetshots.com/photos/648138201_RXFjs-M.jpg

*squints* Who is that between Seth and Miles?

Good catch...at first glance I thought it was Olek, but he's standing on the other side of Jon. Seems we have a new walk-on??? There were 15 people up there (Jordan is hiding between Ryan and Casey in this photo). This guy was the last one to get a Campout t-shirt, but he put it on while Coach was talking. Looks pretty big.

Anyway, I just found a video of the beginning of Coach's talk, for those interested. Unfortunately, it cuts off right when Coach starts talking about the "edge."

http://www.crazie-talk.com/2009/09/16/2009gradstudentcampout/


Oh, I hope it's not "give everybody the same shirt"

I don't think that'll be it... :cool:

miramar
09-20-2009, 06:24 PM
http://www.blueplanetshots.com/photos/648138201_RXFjs-M.jpg

*squints* Who is that between Seth and Miles?

That was a nice touch on the team's part. I also like seeing them in the traditional Duke blue, rather than the more recent royal blue, even if it's only for one evening.

SushiChef
09-29-2009, 02:19 PM
http://www.dukeblueplanet.com/content.asp?tid=274

Seems like they're changing things up a little this year with Countdown to Craziness and the autograph session/ open practice the following day.

NovaScotian
09-29-2009, 06:56 PM
http://www.dukeblueplanet.com/content.asp?tid=274

Seems like they're changing things up a little this year with Countdown to Craziness and the autograph session/ open practice the following day.

holy crap, what is with those swords behind coach mike's head?

Lord Ash
09-29-2009, 06:58 PM
holy crap, what is with those swords behind coach mike's head?

Guy is an Army grad and former Army officer. Looks like some sort of presentation swords to me, maybe connected?

Indoor66
09-29-2009, 07:04 PM
holy crap, what is with those swords behind coach mike's head?

I would guess and assume that the sword (only 1 + scabbard) is Mike's dress sword from his years as an army officer. He would have worn that as part of his dress uniform.

Lord Ash
09-29-2009, 07:15 PM
Darn tried to edit it, but too late; one sword, and a scabbard.

EDIT: Oh lord... whatever, as Indoor said:)