Duke basketball ignored Rasheed Sulaimon sexual assault allegations

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Five-star guard signee Rasheed Sulaimon was the first player to be kicked off the Duke basketball team during the Mike Krzyzewski era. In the 35 years of Coach K, Sulaimon, dismissed on January 29th, is the first and only player to get kicked out.

Today, we found out why. And it’s a more serious issue than the cliche corporatspeak phrase “violation of team rules” that every single college sports information department uses

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Duke legends Jon Scheyer, Chris Collins getting H.S. numbers retired

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Northwestern head men’s basketball coach Chris Collins will receive the extreme honor of having his high school jersey No. 20 retired by Glenbrook North High School this Friday evening.

Collins (class of 1992) is being honored alongside fellow GBN grad and current Duke assistant coach Jon Scheyer (class of 2006) who is also having his No. 23 jersey retired, the first jerseys to be so honored by Glenbrook North.

Friday’s ceremony is set to take place at 7 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. contest between Glenbrook North and Niles North.

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Duke adds Mississippi St. transfer Rodney Hood

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Rodney Hood will transfer to Duke University after playing his freshman season in 2011-12 at Mississippi State, head coach Mike Krzyzewski officially announced on Thursday.

Hood, a 6-8 wing, will sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

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NBA draft scenarios for Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are staring the end of the Larry Bird era in the eyes right now.

The 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year announced his decision to step down as team president Thursday, but he’s not quite done yet.

Bird will conduct the Pacers’ draft alongside Donnie Walsh, who returns to Indiana as president, and newly promoted GM Kevin Pritchard.

The trio could go several different directions, including standing pat with their No. 26 overall pick or wheeling and dealing to move up.

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#75 Duke Blue Devils College Football 77 in 77

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Once again, the Duke Blue Devils figure to not be a factor in what should be a wide open ACC. Unlike their rivalry brethren North Carolina, Duke seems unable to make themselves relevant, and at least respectable, in college football to go along with their elite status in college basketball. On this end of Tobacco Road, there hasn’t been a bowl since ’94 and a league co-championship since ’89.

Don’t expect either of those things to change this season.

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Duke Asst Chris Collins not leaving for Illinois State

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Associate head coach Chris Collins will remain at Duke after having initial discussions with Illinois State Director of Athletics Gary Friedman regarding the school’s head coaching vacancy.

Collins came to the decision to remove his name from consideration after discussions with Friedman on Sunday. He was also rumored to have a strong interest in the Northwestern job (despite the fact that it didn’t open up, and Bill Carmody later received a vote of confidence) and the Illini were rumored to be interested in Collins (of course that didn’t work out either).

So that’s three jobs in the Land of Lincoln that Collins has been linked to.

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Minnesota Timberwolves “luck” might be turning around?

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I know the last few years have been down-right dreadful for fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Our last few draft picks (Wes Johnson and Derrick Williams) haven’t panned-out, so far or yet. But, Ricky Rubio brought a spark this season before his ACL injury. He lit-up Target Center with his maestro passing skills and non-matador-esque defensive ability that most of his teammates (Michael Beasley) have shown the past few years. He might just be the beginning of a Minnesota-turnaround, though.

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Nation’s #1 recruit, Shabazz Muhammad, narrows school choices down to four

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The Nation’s #1 recruit, Shabazz Muhammad, will not be staying at home to play college basketball this fall. Cross UNLV off his list, as the Las Vegas native now has his own set of final four schools left remaining for his services.Two of them will be competing this Final Four weekend as Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and UCLA remain in the mix.

On the day after he won the high school all-star week’s dunk competition, and on the eve of the McDonald’s All-American game, Muhammad talked about what each one has to offer.

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Duke’s Seth Curry: not a true second banana

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I never thought I’d say this, but a Duke University star, who’s a second generation hoops player with bigtime basketball bloodlines, has actually flown under the radar a bit this season.

Sure, you’ve heard one storyline about Blue Devils junior guard Seth Curry BEATEN to death: that his dad is former Virginia Tech, NBA star, Dell Curry, and his brother is Stephen Curry, starting point guard for the Golden State Warriors. (And I’m really sorry for even bringing this up now)

Seth Curry transferred from Liberty University to Duke after the 08-09 season. Per transfer rules, Curry sat out the 2009–10 basketball season.

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7 Reasons to pick the Duke Blue Devils in the South region

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Every March Madness you see the media create pieces that ask “why do people hate Duke?” (in the years they go far in the NCAA tournament) or “why is everyone happy to see Duke eliminated?” (during the seasons they get bounced early)

The answer is very simple, and it’s the same explanation as to why Mitt Romney just doesn’t have the personality to get elected president: too privileged, too rich, and it makes their astronomical success rather worthy of resentment, not likable.

There, end of story.

Now let’s get to why that doesn’t matter when figuring out how far Duke can go, and why you should pick them (this is college basketball, not a popularity contest)

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Cavs Kyrie Irving backs off earlier remarks about his, Coach K.’s Team USA future

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Kyrie Irving had to clarify remarks he made Monday night on Mike Krzyzewski’s future with the U.S. Olympic basketball program. The Cavaliers franchise point guard and #1 pick in the #NBA draft this past June, had to back off earlier made comments by saying he spoke prematurely in saying Krzyzewski would coach the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.

“I spoke to Coach K (and) he did tell me he was coaching, but I prematurely spoke on that,” said Irving, who played at Duke last season. “But I know he’s going to be part of USA Basketball. That’s the most important thing. That’s what made my decision easier.” He’s going to be part of the USA staff anyway whether he’s coaching or not. That way it’s easy for me,” he was quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Key Duke Blue Devils contributor Ryan Kelly to miss ACC Tournament

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Duke junior forward Ryan Kelly may not get the headlines of the Plumlees, as he is no Plumlee brother. Or the big name recruits Austin Powers and Quinn Cook, but he is still extremely important to the Blue Devils.

Kelly will miss this weekend’s ACC Tournament in Atlanta after suffering a right foot sprain on Tuesday during practice. Kelly is averaging 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 blocks per game while playing in all 31 contests (19 starts) this season.

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