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    Player Majors

    Sorry if this information is readily available, but I couldn't find the MBB players' academic majors on GoDuke, in the media guide or elsewhere. Can someone point me in the right direction?

    Thanks in advance and best wishes for a glorious holiday to all on the boards!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrChainsaw View Post
    Sorry if this information is readily available, but I couldn't find the MBB players' academic majors on GoDuke, in the media guide or elsewhere. Can someone point me in the right direction?

    Thanks in advance and best wishes for a glorious holiday to all on the boards!

    HoHoHo,
    DrChainsaw
    I'm sure our legion of OADs don't even bother, rarely see anyone mentioning this these days. All I know is that years ago I saw a football game featuring unc, and half their guys were majoring in "Parks and Recreation" or some such thing, which I think has to do with feeding ducks and napping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    I'm sure our legion of OADs don't even bother, rarely see anyone mentioning this these days. All I know is that years ago I saw a football game featuring unc, and half their guys were majoring in "Parks and Recreation" or some such thing, which I think has to do with feeding ducks and napping.
    If they actually fed the ducks and actually napped themselves, that would be a step in the right direction.

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    Unless something has changed in the last 42 years (ok, stop your laughing now!), at Duke you donít declare your major until sometime your sophomore year. Even in the (Platt) School of Engineering, you donít decide or declare until then. I always thought it dumb that an entering freshman at NS State had to declare before the first day of classes. Your interests at 18 are almost always going to change by the time youíre 19 and have gotten some classes under your belt. Obviously that doesnít happen at carolina....
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    Quote Originally Posted by OZZIE4DUKE View Post
    Unless something has changed in the last 42 years (ok, stop your laughing now!), at Duke you donít declare your major until sometime your sophomore year. Even in the (Platt) School of Engineering, you donít decide or declare until then. I always thought it dumb that an entering freshman at NS State had to declare before the first day of classes. Your interests at 18 are almost always going to change by the time youíre 19 and have gotten some classes under your belt. Obviously that doesnít happen at carolina...
    Actually, I think your ideas for the remainder of your life should change after your first year in college and its exposure to new ideas and people. (Of course, I hate the should word because of its implications, but the sentiment remains.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    I'm sure our legion of OADs don't even bother, rarely see anyone mentioning this these days. All I know is that years ago I saw a football game featuring unc, and half their guys were majoring in "Parks and Recreation" or some such thing, which I think has to do with feeding ducks and napping.
    I guess theyíre set. Storm Duck just signed with UNC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallcity View Post
    I guess theyíre set. Storm Duck just signed with UNC.
    No way is that a real humanís name.

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    The most common major for Duke b-ball players has typically been sociology. But as has been said, the one-and-domes donít have to declare majors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indoor66 View Post
    Actually, I think your ideas for the remainder of your life should change after your first year in college and its exposure to new ideas and people. (Of course, I hate the should word because of its implications, but the sentiment remains.)
    True. And then things change more later on.

    I have two degrees in physics, but I haven't done real physics in a couple of decades. The major that best matches my current (for the last 20 years) occupation is Computer Science. That major didn't exist for me when I was an undergrad; there was only one computer on the entire campus as far as I could determine and students weren't allowed to touch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrChainsaw View Post
    Sorry if this information is readily available, but I couldn't find the MBB players' academic majors on GoDuke, in the media guide or elsewhere. Can someone point me in the right direction?

    Thanks in advance and best wishes for a glorious holiday to all on the boards!

    HoHoHo,
    DrChainsaw
    I believe announcers mentioned that Jack White was a history major.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sagegrouse View Post
    I believe announcers mentioned that Jack White was a history major.
    Maybe that's easy for him since Australia is what, only like a hundred years old or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDu View Post
    The most common major for Duke b-ball players has typically been sociology. But as has been said, the one-and-domes donít have to declare majors
    Back in the 90s there was a joke that Duke had the highest average starting salary for sociology majors of any university in America, as I believe both Hurley and Laettner were sociology majors (and lottery picks).

    Majors used to be pretty prominently displayed in player bios and the like, but I don't see them. The vast majority of players major in social sciences (mainly sociology or history) but I always like the exceptions to the rule - I think Langdon majored in math, Horvath was something unique, I know Domzalski was pre-med but I forget what he was, etc.

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    The best source is the player bios on GoDuke. IIRC, about half the team mentions their major in the bio.

    Amusing story... back in my day (mid-late 80s) there was a player named George Burgin. He was a 7-footer who went to the same high school as Tommy Amaker. K took him on as a project that never really panned out (less than 100 minutes played in his career). In any event, George was a really bright dude. He was on a special 5-year plan where he got a dual degree in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering (might have been EE, I forget). In any event, after he graduated, he went to work for GE Aerospace.

    So, when this 7-foot former Duke player would walk down the street, people would naturally ask him, "Are you a basketball player?" The GE Aerospace engineer would respond, "No, I'm a rocket scientist."

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyNotCrazie View Post
    Back in the 90s there was a joke that Duke had the highest average starting salary for sociology majors of any university in America, as I believe both Hurley and Laettner were sociology majors (and lottery picks).

    Majors used to be pretty prominently displayed in player bios and the like, but I don't see them. The vast majority of players major in social sciences (mainly sociology or history) but I always like the exceptions to the rule - I think Langdon majored in math, Horvath was something unique, I know Domzalski was pre-med but I forget what he was, etc.
    Taymon went on to Duke Med school and nos practices in Southern California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyNotCrazie View Post
    Back in the 90s there was a joke that Duke had the highest average starting salary for sociology majors of any university in America, as I believe both Hurley and Laettner were sociology majors (and lottery picks).

    Majors used to be pretty prominently displayed in player bios and the like, but I don't see them. The vast majority of players major in social sciences (mainly sociology or history) but I always like the exceptions to the rule - I think Langdon majored in math, Horvath was something unique, I know Domzalski was pre-med but I forget what he was, etc.
    Horvath earned a degree in physics... I think Christensen had an uncommon major as well.

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    Jack Marin graduated from Duke Law School after playing in the NBA for 12 or so seasons.

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    Along the lines of Duke basketball players w/ interesting majors... I believe Todd Singleton majored in Electrical Engineering. Very few basketball players end up in the engineering school so that was cool to see (as a fellow engineering graduate).

    Of course Todd was also a walk-on which might partially explain it. This of course made me go look up what Todd has been up to and his LinkedIn profile lists some pretty impressive job titles (including a current position at Google). Go Todd!

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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    Taymon went on to Duke Med school and nos practices in Southern California.
    I have a grandson who has papers into Duke who wants to pursue medicine. So far he has been accepted at 2 New Yorks schools, one on a full boat. He plays soccer not basketball, but the
    college football team is interested in him as he kicks field goals and extra points for his team. He plays for a prestigious academy in upstate NY and is a high honors student. Wish he was 6'9" but alas he is not even 6'.

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    Thanks for the replies this far. I suppose the OAD era has limited the mention of academic majors to some degree, which I find sad. I think I'm looking forward to Santa bringing me the end of OAD in the near future.

    It would be interesting to hear more of what the former players who did not go on to play professional ball did post-Duke...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrChainsaw View Post
    Thanks for the replies this far. I suppose the OAD era has limited the mention of academic majors to some degree, which I find sad. I think I'm looking forward to Santa bringing me the end of OAD in the near future.

    It would be interesting to hear more of what the former players who did not go on to play professional ball did post-Duke...
    Oh, no, please don't get that started again. GoDuke!

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