Duke University

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Duke University in Durham, North Carolina is both a respected institution for learning and research, as well as one of the leading athletic institutions in the United States. Duke competes strongly in a number of different sports, though the school is widely known for their men's basketball program, which consistently produces NBA quality players, and challenges for regional and national championships on a consistent basis.

Duke competes across 26 different sports, 20 of them being contested in the Atlantic Coast Conference of NCAA Division 1, comprised of Duke, Clemson, Boston College, Florida State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, the University of Maryland, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State. Duke has won 108 division championships, as well as winning 10 national championships, including 5 women's golf championships, and 3 men's basketball championships.

They boast a particularly strong rivalry with the University of North Carolina, particularly in men's basketball, so much so that the rivalry has been the topic of multiple books, and was ranked the third greatest North American sports rivalry. North Carolina leads the all-time series in men's basketball 130-97. They also have a long standing rivalry in men's football, though this has not been as prominent of late as Duke has failed to field competitive football teams for some time. North Carolina has won 18 of the last 19 meetings between the two on the gridiron, with the series relatively even before that point.

Their school name, The Blue Devils, comes from the French ‘les Diables Blues', named after one of their most mountain infantry divisions which successfully fought in the French Alps during the First World War. The Blue Devils mascot is based more on the name as it is, than what it's based on, being literally a blue devil with horns and a long goatee.

Duke has spawned a number of successful amateur and professional athletes. A number of Olympic gold medal winners have come from Duke, usually in team events. The most notable single performance was from Nancy Hogshead in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, as she won 3 gold medals and a silver medal, all in swimming. The 2008 Beijing Olympics saw the men's basketball team winning gold, lead by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, popularly known as Coach K, on account of his last name being a veritable tongue twister. Carlos Boozer also won the gold on that team after a disappointing bronze medal finish at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Some of the well-known professional athletes from Duke include baseball player Quinton McCracken, basketball players Art Heyman, Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, Elton Brand, and Mike Dunleavy, and PGA Tour golfer Joe Ogilvie.

Duke is well known for having some of the most devoted and intimidating fans in college sports, often termed the Cameron Crazies, named the Cameron Indoor Arena. Famous for donning blue outfits and face paint, they're also well-known for coming up with unique chants and signs that poke fun at opposition players, and even their own side.

Writer and editor, Freddie Brister, is a former high school football coach of 25 years. His love of the game of football is reflected in his words and memories of growing up in the South and playing football in the back yard with his brother, cousins and neighborhood friends. His biggest thrill is watching former high school players he has coached play at the college level. His favorite pastime is watching college football on tv and attending the games in person every chance he gets. Freddie Brister is a huge fan of college football. Check out his Duke University Gear or his Cal Golden Bears Store

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